October 14, 2008



"For our study of this wisdom text to be fruitful, it has to become more than just picking up another set of tools, another way to seperate ourselves from the interconnected world, create special territory for ourselves, and gain power over others. There is too much at stake. Accumulating another set of tools may be helpful, but that in itself won't lead to actions skillful and effective enough to deal with the ubiquitous violence and aggresion plaguing our world. Carving out a special place for ourselves and aggresively defending it won't work as the world gets smaller and smaller. The Art of War starts from the point of view that conflict, chaos, and aggresion are unavoidable aspects of life, but it offers a way to engage and work with them creatively and effectively." : The Rules of Victory
How to Transform Chaos and Conflict--Strategies from "The Art of War"
Written by James Gimian and Barry Boyce


Gentlemen, may I suggest we start thinkin' along the logic of Weiqi (Go) instead of the rules suggested in chess or checkers. INFLUENCE (even if subtle) works better than naked force. Creates less enemies. MHO.



"We live in a world that is vastly more complex than that of our fathers."

I heard that one before but I doubt that. Take the 30yrs war as a comparison. I am used to fairly complicated contexts professionally yet any fairly comprehensive account of this period is challenge.

Unfortunately my reading about this period is in German: Golo Mann, CJ Burckhardt and Hellmuth Diwald so I guess I can`t refer you to them as I do not know whether translations are available at all (I suppose not).

The "Fronde" in pre-Richelieu France or the history of Rennaissance Italy might also serve as examples.

Speed of travel and information wd be the difference IMO.


I'll check those authors out.


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