Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.
Yeah, did Che' say that too?
No. Its origin is a bit less glamorous. It's from the movie Godfather 2 and it's uttered by the character Michael Corleone played by Al Pacino:
Somehow I don't think the movie, "Godfather", was the original use of that line.
You can think all you want. Some attribute it to Sun Tzu, but apparently that is just speculation.
My $'s on Julius Caesar.
Che usually shot his enemies in the head, if they kept fighting him. He was alot like God:
Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the [holy man] who represents God must be put to death. Such evil must be purged. Deuteronomy17:12
“To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary … These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution!”
“Hatred as an element of the struggle; a relentless hatred of the enemy, impelling us over and beyond the natural limitations that man is heir to and transforming him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold killing machine. Our soldiers must be thus; a people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy.”
“I ended the problem with a .32 caliber pistol, in the right side of his brain. . . . His belongings were now mine.”
I'm not sure this applies to most personality types. To be friendless yet challenged by others keeping me on my toes and helping develop myself? I'm not sure how many people could handle that kind of lonliness. Very few I would imagine...especially if being friendless is not as sad.
Having said that...Che might have started out with good intentions...but he ended up like every single cruel characterless ruthless communist-like leader/figure: everyone is a potential enemy, there is always a violent battle to wage, doing harm against soft-enemies (or even non-enemies) is worth it if it results in a (potential) abstract improvement for everyone else. Dont question my orders. If I say someone is guilty...they are guilty etc. Why people admire this guy is beyond my understanding. The good hardly outweighs the bad.
The idea of the quote is not advocating being friendless, but moreso the fact that if you are living according to truths and pushing the envelope, you are going to make enemies, probably lots of them, maybe about everyone--just ask Galileo. And if you are not doing that, then you are not living fully, which is worse than just being lonely. Wasted potential, in other words.
I actually didnt intend or know I was creating a discussion thread here, I thought it was a "quote" thread. But please discuss.
The West/USA/Europe eschews 100% anti soc-comm propaganda, and their character assassination of Che' is just the exact same as what they aim at all soc-comm leaders.
Che' was assassinated literally in Bolivia, 1967 I think, by local Bolivian soldiers as per CIA hit. He was only 39, I think. Not many people accomplish what he did by age 39. He was a true soc-comm revolutionary.