The Sun family writings on strategy have proven their value through the ages, and they continue to reward careful study. By unveiling the complex, often unexpected, interrelationships of armies locked in battle, they reveal the enduring principles of success in the struggle of life itself. With a practical index to the essential principles of strategy, and Ralph Sawyer's thoughtful chapter-by-chapter commentaries, The Complete Art of War is designed to bring the reader new insights into the nature of human conflict.
Whether it is playing the game of politics or building a successful marriage, closing a deal or managing a large organization, making war or even making peace, The Complete Art of War stands as one of the ultimate guides to a deeper understanding of human affairs....Continua
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Obstacles challenge the very integrity of our sustaining principals. But how are these to challenges to be overcome? The Art of War, based very heavily in religion, observation, and combat serves as a timeless mold for consistency in challenging opposing forces, literally and figuratively.
Chinese religion (yes, this is a very loose term) calms the fundamental human nature. Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism all focus in on how our primal questions of “how and why” should be addressed, emphasizing ritual and self-responsibility. Although “Chinese Religion” is about as diverse in values as a steaming congress debate, this soothing of basic principal is what The Art of War is built off of; a quote from the Tao Te Ching summarizes the theme of the book all too well : “Let your workings be a mystery. Just show people the results.” Basically, the art of war is to deceive the opponent with organization, humility, and honesty. The book is an extended metaphor comparing armies to the traits each of us possess and war tactics as how to use them properly. An alternate title for this book could be: “How to Meet Opposition: An Anecdote”.
Knowing the offense well and studying its weaknesses and strengths is a huge part of overcoming it. But beyond that, we see that being in tune with your surroundings allows you to bend with them, and meet your oppositions with the hidden knowledge of their whole. Be in tune, and you will prevail.
Also, the book deals with the moment of combat, saying to face head on in your plans with bravery, confidence, and humility. This is how we should approach negativity, knowing we are not above our problems, but rather, in the process of working them our way.
The concepts within The Art of War are timeless because they appeal and ease an immortal problem: conflict. Thomas Cleary did a beautiful job in not only translating the classic written over TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO, but also supplying a simplification for those who find old language difficult to interpret. I strongly recommend this piece to anyone struggling with how they should meet those topics directed at their destruction.
L'arte della guerra di Sun Tzu, il più antico trattato militare pervenutoci (V sec. a.C.), è un libro tanto conosciuto di nome quanto spesso citato a sproposito di cui consiglio la lettura a sinofili e non.
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