“(5) Which army is stronger?”
Wisdom is better than strength. This does not mean strength is not good. There usually comes a time in life where one must hold by sheer grit. This is usually around the end game of any project, by this time all known wisdom is being applied and in action. Tactical dispositions carefully deployed, and it’s now face to face with the enemy, the fight to the finish, the final push; this is where strength comes in. This is required where it was not possible to conquer without doing battle; reflecting some deficiencies in abilities and perhaps lack of full advantage of times and seasons (advantages derived from heaven and earth).
The story of Samson in the Bible is a good example. All he had left was strength. The enemies had blinded him, reducing an exceptional general to a grinder and entertainer; making jest of him. He mustered all his strength, one last time! He pushed one last time, and killed more people at his death, than he did in his entire glorious career. Samson’s story is an Excellent example of how strength is good for success, but also of how wisdom is better than strength.
“So it happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, “Call for Samson, that he may perform for us.” So they called for Samson from the prison, and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars.
Then Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, “Let me feel the pillars which support the temple, so that I can lean on them.”
Now the temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there—about three thousand men and women on the roof watching while Samson performed.
Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”
And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left.
Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.”
Leaders with extraordinary capacity are strong, but never really have to deploy this quality. It’s more a case of “power perceived is power achieved.”
The Amateur Philosopher