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Enemy of the State movie dialog about using weaknesses as strengths

Posted by on November 28, 2011

In the movie, Enemy of the State, starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, there was a great conversation about how to use your disadvantages to your advantages. It’s quite an interesting way to utilize such tools in order to win battles and hopefully grind the enemy down to quitting.

Edward ‘Brill’ Lyle (Gene Hackman’s character):

“You know in guerrilla warfare, you try to use your weaknesses as strengths.”

Robert Dean (Will Smith’s character):

“Such as?”enemy of the state dialog Will Smith speaking, hablando en un cafe
Edward ‘Brill’ Lyle (Gene Hackman’s character):

“Well… if they’re big and you’re small then you’re mobile and they’re slow. You’re hidden and
they’re exposed. You only fight battles you know you can win. That’s what the Vietcong did. We capture their weapons and then use them against them the next time. That way they’re supplying you, you grow stronger as they get weaker.”enemy of the state dialog Gene Hackman speaking hablando en el cafe

There is a lot of truth to those words. Asymmetrical warfare is what some organizations would partly call it. Reminds me of the movie Red Dawn and the anti-Soviet fighters in the resistance group called the Wolverines. The Wolverines were high school students basically living out in the wild and had to pick off Soviet soft targets (like convoys) and take their equipment and supplies to keep on fighting.

But I think people can make parallelism work in the real world as well that you might be a small person now but with proper training and desire you can pick battles that make you stronger and better in time. It’s similar to training oneself in secret to fight back a bully who doesn’t know about the secret time spent perfecting punches, blocks, kicks, wrestling, stamina, and fighting back abilities. All in time that one day the bully will get shocked in his/her life – I’ve seen this one big guy picking on some smaller guy only to watch the little guy do this amazing roundhouse kick to the head knocking out the giant. Nobody picked on the little dude ever again. Make your weaknesses as strengths by training and improving yourself in secret. Hopefully, my friend doesn’t know that I’m aiming to topple his fishing and hunting skills with my trips out to the ocean and the forest. Heh heh.