Politics aside, I'm encouraged. The answer was what I've been waiting for. The answer was from the heart, which we all need more of. I've enough of cynicism and hate. I've enough of bias. I've recently read a business book, "Women Who Work," by Ivanka Trump. Unfortunately its top 10 Amazon reviews were filled with bias, cynicism, and hate. Having read hundreds of business books, I thought her tips were creative and useful. "Vapid" the critics repeated to themselves. It's like people can't separate out what they see before them from their prejudiced mindset. That was discouraging.
There have been times when I started to write a blog entry and later deleted it because it wasn't perfect. The concepts I presented didn't measure up to my own conduct. However, the enemy of good isn't evil but perfection. What I was proposing was indeed beneficial for so many and here I was overly concerned about everything lining up. The world is already messy, and any improvement would be welcomed.
Thus, world peace won't be perfect. Its path will be winding and slow. Yet peace is indeed the answer to many ailments all around the world. Life has its own troubles and how troubling that war has to be part of the equation when there are so many other variables to focus on. So I'm not going to complain about the rate of progress when the general direction is correct.
Sun Tzu's ultimate objective of winning without fighting is possible because human ingenuity makes things possible. When we say something is too hard, we are really saying that something is stronger than we are. Well, that's baloney. Even I fell for the trap recently. Three days ago I remarked to a modern-day Epictetus that a certain task is impossible. He promptly replied, "It's never impossible."
"It's never impossible."
Of course peace isn't free. But the alternative is war, which is infinitely more costly. The price for peace is unequivocal strength. It will use resources. Often it means sacrifice. And, oh, it's a thankless job. Without actions that are effective and practical, no amount of sympathy or empathy can help those who are too weak to protect themselves. Those who save people are those who are actually capable of saving people.
Capability is where Sun Tzu comes in. He is the bridge from one side to the other, in more ways than one. Strategies that work never go out of style. Principles in unity never get old. Leadership that pushes us out of what's comfortable and into what is scary but better for us will always have a place in history.
Leaders will seem to have the unenviable position of being praised after they are long gone. And according to Sun Tzu, the very best leaders would never be thanked at all because the people would feel they have achieved it themselves. After all, world peace cannot be achieved without the world itself involved.