One of the main benefits of learning Sun Tzu's system is that it forces you to think about the natural balance of reality. From Sun Tzu's perspective, nothing is good or bad in itself. Every development can be leveraged if you understand it. You can sail into the wind if you know how to tack. For example, the mainstream media has redefined its role in modern society as that of "Chicken Little," constantly running around claiming that the sky is falling. This article from the increasingly infamous AP
is a brilliant example because it uses the every chicken little panic as proof that the sky really must be falling:
Is everything spinning out of control?
Midwestern levees are bursting. Polar bears are adrift. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Home values are abysmal. Air fares, college tuition and health care border on unaffordable. Wars without end rage in Iraq, Afghanistan and against terrorism.
From the Sun Tzu perspective, every one of these "disasters" has its positive side. The busting of levees should call attention to how we have neglected our real infrastructure to "work" on meaningless causes such as the "threat" to polar bears, whose populations are actually burgeoning
. If gas prices and air fares go up, it is because people are still buying gas and using air travel, not because they are unaffordable. The increase in college tuition and medical costs illustrate what the futility of pumping more "free" money into a limited system. Increasing the ability to pay for services without increasing the capacity of the system to provide services doesn't buy more services, it can only increase costs. And wars never end until the underlying philosophical battles are either resolved or moved into a new arena of competition. The war between those who understand the need to adapt to the environment and those who only think in terms of control has been going on for 2,500 years and continues still.