There are people who claim they are dedicated students of Sun Tzu. However, on this particular Saturday at Vanderbilt, these friends who spent the extra time, effort, and expense to gather together in camaraderie can claim they were there when the Inaugural Sun Tzu's Art of War Conference -- the first in the Western Hemisphere -- got started. Let it be known they are charter participants and their names have been recorded in the Sonshi archives.
I realize it might be hard for some people to envision the historical significance of such an event. There was a certain two-year-old boy present to supervise its launch. He roamed unafraid, seeking areas to help out, observing the beginning of a future that unfolded before him. He saw an alumnus returning home. He saw a tiger descending the mountain.
Next year's Sun Tzu's Art of War Conference will be even better. It will be held in our nation's capital. As always, it will be a meeting of Sun Tzu's students and friends. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: David Brooks came out with a great article today on why philosophical groups like ours are healthy: http://nyti.ms/1LRUpkW