85739 - Mutual life

N. Lygeros

A way to explain mutual life
in strategy,
is to use the concept of seki
in Go game.
It’s a way to stay alive
without eyes
because each player shares  two liberties.
This seems a kind of equilibrium
but in reality it’s a link
that’s why it’s also harmonic.
In this position
neither player wants to move first
because doing so
would allow the opponent to capture.
It’s possible to see
this configuration in geopolitics
and it’s important
to recognise it
to avoid irreversible moves
which conduct to a failure.
We can see this
even at the boundaries of NATO
and it’s crucial
to understand it.