SUN TZU’S ART OF WAR A WORK OF AGENCY
There is only one book in world literature that is an equal to the western canon, and that is the art of war – although the european works of Machiavelli, are more advanced, the universal applicability of the first of all does it best.
It is an essay in the amoral (not immoral). We spend so much time in moral mind, we leave ourselves open to defeat. So,he retrains us to think objectively rather than morally. It is not a book about war. It is a book by which we restore agency, lost in the training of our norms.
Machiavelli provides the same advice more directly in The Prince and his Art of War: morality has no place in war or its preparation.
The norms ‘untrain us’ to succeed in war. Hece all men must be trained in both war of the amoral, and commerce and cooperation of the moral.
(Said this sometime in the past few days and thought it needed repeating that these books are not on war. They are on restoring that which we are untrained in civil orders, and must be if we are to survive competitors.)