Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Defeating the enemy

One of my favorite quotes is from Sun Tzu's Art of War and readapted by Orson Scott Card. When Ross was talking about having to know yourself before one could defeat the evil in yourself.

"In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them.... I destroy them."

This is one of my favorite quotes about war and strategy for the reason that it takes 'you have to think like the enemy' to an entirely new level, and also touches on the fact that if we are to defeat our enemies, we must understand them so much that we love them, which in turn makes us not want to destroy them. This thought in war has always fascinated me.

3 comments:

alex Monier said...

ps sorry for the odd highlighting, I copied the quote off of a website and it carried over to my next blurb of analysis

Ross said...

I found another quote from author and high lama in the Kagy├╝ and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, Sakyong Mipham about this topic. It says that:

“Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We're left feeling helpless and discouraged. It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don't we think about training our minds?”

He put an interesting spin on the whole "knowing the enemy within yourself" thing by insisting that the mind itself is the enemy. I especially like his view on training the "enemy" instead of outright crushing it.

Sri Korrapati said...

TV SHOWS DO THIS SO MUCH!!!!
Know your enemy, love them, then crush them.
REVENGE!!!!!!!!! That is the name of one of the best show ever, so basically it's about this girl who wants revenge on this rich family for killing her dad and branding him as a terrorist. She changes her identity, becomes super rich, and moves into the house right next to them. She "falls in love with the son of that family" (quotes because it's disputed how much she actually likes him). She still is trying to crush them from the inside out.