As we were told. What a crock.
Win. Destroy your opponent. Kill the competition.
Good weapons are instruments of fear; all creatures hate them.Therefore followers of Tao never use them [unless they have no choice].The wise man prefers the left. The man of war prefers the right.[i.e., if you're smart, you don't have to resort to force.]
Weapons are instruments of fear; they are not a wise man's tools.He uses them only when he has no choice.Peace and quiet are dear to his heart,And victory no cause for rejoicing.[Lock that last line in.]
If you rejoice in victory, then you delight in killing;
If you delight in killing, you cannot fulfill yourself.
On happy occasions precedence is given to the left,On sad occasions to the right.In the army the general stands on the left,The commander-in-chief on the right.
This means that war is conducted like a funeral.When many people are being killed, They should be mourned in heartfelt sorrow.That is why a victory must be observed like a funeral.
Whenever you advise a ruler in the way of Tao,Counsel him not to use force to conquer the universe.For this would only cause resistance.Thorn bushes spring up wherever the army has passed.Lean years follow in the wake of a great war.Just do what needs to be done.Never take advantage of power.
Rule a nation with justice. Wage war with surprise moves. Become master of the universe without striving. [i.e., striving in the wrong way, head against a brick wall.]Achieve results, But never glory in them.Achieve results, But never boast.Achieve results, But never be proud [vainglorious].Achieve results, Because this is the natural way.Achieve results, But not through violence [if there is a choice].Force is followed by loss of strength.This is not the way of Tao.That which goes against the Tao comes to an early end.
There is a saying among soldiers: I dare not make the first move but would rather play the guest;I dare not advance an inch but would rather withdraw a foot.This is called marching without appearing to move,Rolling up your sleeves without showing your arm,Capturing the enemy without attacking,Being armed without weapons.
There is no greater catastrophe than underestimating the enemy.By underestimating the enemy, I lose what I value.Therefore when the battle is joined,The underdog will win.
Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.Thus an army without flexibility never wins a battle.A tree that is unbending is easily broken.The hard and strong will fall.The soft and weak will overcome.
Nowadays men shun mercy, but try to be brave;They abandon economy, but try to be generous;They do not believe in humility, but always try to be first.This is certain death.Mercy brings victory in battle and strength in defense....
A good soldier is not violent.A good fighter is not angry.A good winner is not vengeful....This is known as the Virtue of not striving.This is known as ability to deal with people.
Let's at least celebrate victory in war as a funeral. If we don't, then its greatest lesson to the living is lost.