Wednesday, December 22, 2010
the art of war *
Written over 2300 years ago, this book gathered the collective wisdom of numerous military leaders and offered a different 'perspective on conflict, whereby one might attain victory without going to battle.'
An example, from p.19:
‘The military is a Tao of deception –
Thus when we are able, manifest inability.
When active, manifest inactivity.
When near, manifest far.
When far, manifest near.
Thus when he seeks advantage, lure him.
When he is in chaos, take him.
When he is substantial, prepare against him.
When he is strong, avoid him.
When he is wrathful, harass him.
Attack where he is unprepared.
Emerge where he does not expect it.’
Brilliant but simple. Something to emulate.
* Sun Tzu, The Art of War, The Denma Translation, Shambala, 2007.