by Tim McCarty
Tactics and strategies to play our game are not necessarily hobby specific. We can learn and apply quite a bit from those used by histories greatest military leaders. Heed now some words of wisdom from the ancient scrolls of Sun Tzu, written in 400-320 BC. Sun Tzu was a general in China whose armies crushed his opponents. The scrolls are called- The Art of War!
- Speed is the essence of war.
- All warfare is based on deception. Therefore when capable, feign incapacity; when active, inactivity. When near, make it appear that you are far away; when far away, that you are near. Offer the enemy a bait to lure him; feign disorder and strike him. When he concentrates, prepare against him; when he is strong, avoid him. Anger and confuse him. Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. Keep him under a strain and wear him down. When he is united, divide him. Attack where he is unprepared; sally out when he does not expect you.
- Know thy enemy and know thyself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy but know thyself; your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant of both your enemy and thyself; you are certain in every battle to be in peril.
- For military tactics are like unto water; for water in it's natural course runs away from high places and hastens downward. So in war, the way is avoid what is strong and to strike what is weak. Like water, taking the line of least resistance.
I couldn't help but add a few more choice wisdom tidbits from some other individuals:
He that fights and runs away, may turn and fight another day; But he that is in battle slain, will never rise to fight again. James Ray (1746)
Even weak men, when united, are powerful. Schiller (1805)
Behold the turtle! He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. James B. Conant (1893-1978)
Armament is an important factor in war, but not the decisive factor. Man, not material, forms the decisive factor. Mao Tse-tung (1893-1976)Amen- TMc