One evening a thief visited Ryōkan’s hut at the base of the mountain only to discover there was nothing to steal. Ryōkan returned and caught him. “You have come a long way to visit me,” he told the prowler, “and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.” The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away. Ryōkan sat naked, watching the moon. “Poor fellow,” he mused, “I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon.”
Shortly after the US invaded Iraq in 2003, the world learned about Blackwater security, a private military security company that acted as soldiers for hire. The company came under a good deal of legal scrutiny in assessing its role in combat— what rules it operated under and who was responsible for their oversight— and a year later, the NC-based company renamed itself “Xe” and then shortly thereafter moved from the US to the United Arab Emirates, where it would face much less legal hassle.