In Sun Tzu's strategy, the goal is always improving your position. A common strategic errors is thinking that, if there is a problem, action is ALWAYS necessary. However, action only makes sense if it makes the situation better. There are many situations that action makes work. For example, Freeman Dyson, one of the world leading mathematicians and physicists, discusses the problem of Global Warming in exactly the context
. Reviewing two books on global warming, Dyson, to avoid endless debate, starts by accepting the idea that global warming is "man-made" (an idea becomes more questionable every day by observations of warming on other planets such as Jupiter
) and that cost estimates of damage are correct (which again, an ideas that is probably too negative
), but even accepting those ideas, analysis shows that the solutions proposed by those such as Al Gore actually make matters much, much worse in terms of the impact on humanity. The political impulse to "do something" no matter how foolish is perhaps the worst of human history, costing us more in terms of death and destruction than any other implulse.