"Perceiving a victory when it is perceived by all is not the highest excellence. Winning battles such that the whole world cries 'Excellent!' is not the highest excellence. For lifting an autumn down is not considered great strength, seeing the sun and the moon is not considered a sign of sharp vision, hearing thunder is not considered a sign of sensitive hearing." Sun Tzu
Ok, have you pondered Sun Tzu's quote above? If you did, you will completely understand what I'm going to say next, and here it is: Prevention is the mother of all necessities.
Prevention is a necessity. It is a must. Someone is frowning? Find out why, and quickly turn that frown upside down. Someone tells you he or she is happy but his or her body language says otherwise? Find out why, and make sure he or she is truly happy. Someone is upset with you for the first time? Do everything in your power -- even if it means not doing anything, to let things cool down -- to make sure he or she is happier with you again.
Solve problems when they are small. Refuse to let problems become too big to manage. If you think you don't have time now, then what makes you think you'll have time to tackle something worse later on?
Prevention is even more necessary on the larger, world stage. Why? Because prevention stops wars cold, before they become hot in the first place. When people say that wars are a part of human nature and so wars will always be around, what they're really saying is intelligence isn't a powerful part of human nature. Does that make sense to you? It doesn't to me.
As Sun Tzu mentioned in today's quote, it doesn't take a genius to find him or herself in a war. It only takes someone who is rather mediocre or of poor quality. When a leader of an entire nation tells the citizens that he or she needs to send their kids to fight and die, then that leader has flatly admitted to having failed. Even if the war is "won," the leader doesn't all of the sudden become brilliant for having expended lives and treasure to resolve a preventable problem. This leader has failed because he or she neglected to do what was much easier before (prevention) and instead elected to let a problem fester. In fact, this "leader" is no leader at all. A leader has foresight, empathy, and a sense of urgency. In other words, leadership means having wisdom and diligence, both necessary traits for a real leader of men and women.
So don't be fooled by wars won with glory. There is no glory in loss and destruction. There is only glory in hateful emotions that were never stirred, battles that were never heated enough to start, a war that was never significant enough to be recorded in the history books. That glory makes no sound: no words of anger, no jangle of swords, no bellow of bombs, no rat-tat-tat of rifles, no screams of pain. That glory, that highest ideal as Sun Tzu's Art of War made crystal clear, sounds like peace.