On War – with Sun Tzu & Plato

1. Sun Tzu said: In the operations of war, where there are in the field a thousand swift chariots, as many heavy chariots, and a hundred thousand mail-clad soldiers, the expenditure at home and at the front, including entertainment of guests, small items such as glue and paint, and sums spent on chariots and armor, will reach the total of a thousand ounces of silver per day. Such is the cost of raising an army of 100,000 men.

2. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men’s weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be damped. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength.

3. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain.

4. Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor damped, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue.

5. Thus, though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays.”

Excerpt From
The Art of War
Sun Tzu

Make no mistake, we are at war, because as we the Amateur Philosophers have been saying, life is war.

Attempting to say much about the precepts Sun Tzu laid out succinctly in the excerpts above will be superfluous. However, let me point you to the fact that Tzu is saying we must pay attention to every detail! He is talking about the cost of chariots, paints and even entertainment! Every detail! He also stressed the need for speed. Blitz operations are better; if not you stretch yourself and no matter how wise or crafty you think you are, your enemies will triumph. War is serious business, it’s either the victor or the vanquished. There is no sitting on the fence in war. That’s dangerous. You must choose a side. The side to choose should be the side of justice! However the choice is yours. Remember war should necessarily be a blitzkrieg operation, such as against COVID-19 and others. Please see related posts on this:

Blitz – Life like a game of chess

300 Guardians – with King Leonidas and Plato

Life is War. Then peace comes later after the victory, so Nietzsche said. I add, the cycle begins all over!

“Then it will be our duty to select, if we can, natures which are fitted for the task of guarding the city?

It will.

And the selection will be no easy matter, I said; but we must be brave and do our best.

We must.

Is not the noble youth very like a well-bred dog in respect of guarding and watching? 

“What do you mean?

I mean that both of them ought to be quick to see, and swift to overtake the enemy when they see him; and strong too if, when they have caught him, they have to fight with him.

All these qualities, he replied, will certainly be required by them.

Well, and your guardian must be brave if he is to fight well?


Excerpt From
The Republic

In choosing sides, I will say one should put into consideration the admonition of Socrates in the excerpt above.

I repeat, make no mistake; we are at war and it will necessarily be a blitz!!! Think very carefully, and choose very wisely the side you belong to. I have chosen the path of Light!!!

Ande Elisha

The Amateur Philosopher