STALKING AND HUNTING

The term "stalking" naturally reminds us of hunting. A stalker is one who observes, one in whom stealth forms an integral part of conduct. A hunter is necessarily a stalker, although only warriors would be able to apply this technique to every aspect of their life, converting its every element, including self an personal weaknesses, into their prey.

The true hunter, as well as the stalker, well knows the differnce  betwen judgement and observation, between paying attention and thinking. If we wish to trap prey, we must first observe it. We must silently perceive what the prey does in order to know its routines: where it eats, when and what time it sleeps,, its movements, and so forth. If our observation is effective, we will become familiar with these routines, alllowing us to later devise a trap agains them.

The average person, unable to distinguish between thoughts and reality, confounds observation with judgement. We pass though life thinking things (generally negative) about the people around us, or about ourselves, and this we call obersvation. The observation of the huter, however has nothing to do with criticism. Imagine for a moment what would occur if hunters, instead of observing the prey silently, begin to speculate about its qualities or defects, judging it as beautiful or ugly, interesting or boring. For example, in place of observing where and at what time it drinks water, imaginge saying to yourself: "I imagine that this animal is accustomed to being thirsty around noon, and, therefore, it will have to drink water at the water hole; besides it has a foolish looking fasce so it shouldn't be difficult to trap" Later, having taken your thoughts seriously, you are angry that your prey is far from the water hole at midday.

When hunters observe, there is no room for thought or internal dialogue. Everything is direct and simple: merely observe what is there. Observation is one of the basic elements upon which the art of stalking is constructed. Another one is unusuall behavior.