War is like unto Fire

From “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu

Victory is the main object in war. If this is long delayed, weapons are blunted and morale depressed.

When your weapons are dulled and ardour damped, your strength exhausted and treasure spent, neighboring rulers will take advantage of your distress to act. And even though you have wise counselors, none will be able to lay good plans for the future.

For there has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.

War is like unto fire; those who will not put aside weapons are themselves consumed by them.

Thus those unable to understand the dangers inherent in employing troops are equally unable to understand the advantageous ways of doing so.

Liam

2 Comments

  1. War…..Good God…What is it good for! — absolutely nuthin’!

    Don’t go all militaristic on us Liam:)

    Good weekend

    Barnes

  2. Yo Hank!

    War? Whatever it’s good for, we keep on doin’ it. I assume we’re wired for it (aggression, conflict), and the best thing to do is to know that. To know that it’s an impulse that originates naturally, and must be mediated, so that it isn’t simply acted upon, without great consideration.

    Beyond that, and philisophically, I observe that everything engages in competition – War is a form, perhaps the ultimate – of competition.

    Doesn’t make me lust for it – just the opposite. I think to admit a tendency or nature is to begin to understand and have mastery over it.

    Good weekend back acha!

    Liam

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