Since the human mind is much more evolved than that of animal, a human being has the ability to think rationally and coherently. He/she can use his/her mind to improve the world and determine his/her own future. If a person is engaged in political activities, business adventures, educational issues or scientific research, his/her mind must be clear, decisive, and organized. For example, a person must have more than one course of action in planning a career. A negotiator must have more than one strategy in negotiating a deal. An emp1oyer must have more than one candidate in mind when hiring new employee. A student must have more than one choice in applying for college. Therefore, how can the thought process of an intelligent human being lack depth and content when even a wily rabbit has three burrows to hid itself?
"First", "second" and "third" are orders that we can follow, spaces that provide us with different choices, allow us to know the beginning and the end, and give us convenience and expediency. In competition, if we are to win first place, we will no doubt be thrilled and satisfied. However, if we are to come in second or third, we will not be too disappointed because we still have the opportunity to be on the podium to receive our prizes. Therefore, if we were to handle our affairs with the right priorities in mind, we will have the joy and experience of having a gold, silver or bronze medal around our neck.
Once upon a time, there was an avid horse racer who always lost his race. One day, out of frustration, he consulted a well-known military strategist to get advice about how to win. The strategist advised him to race his slowest horse against the opponent's mediocre horse, and his mediocre horse against his opponent's mediocre horse, and his mediocre horse against the opponent's slowest horse. In that way, he would always win two out of three races. Therefore, in competition, if we are to win, we must use our heads. Only through rational thinking can we translate defeat into victory.
If we are to seek perfection and satisfaction in this world, we must
not be simple minded. We must have a first, a second and a third plan
of action. Although many things in the physical world require simplicity,
such as having one motherland, one family or one spouse, the rule of
singleness does not apply to the human thought process. With regard
to mental activity, single-mindedness is unacceptable. The human mind
must be capable of more than one level of thinking. It must make room
for a first, a second and a third if it is to acquire more depth, insight