15: CONFLICT Be ruthless.

Once you find yourself in a fight, be ruthless, be relentless. Bring it to closure quickly. The longer it drags on, the more costly it becomes. If it becomes clear you will lose a battle, retreat. There is no valor in absorbing needless injury. If you retreat too quickly or carelessly, your retreat can turn into a rout. You will suffer more damage in a rout than you will by accepting battle in retreat. When you retreat, retreat like a wounded lion — give your opponent reason to advance with caution.