3.1.3 Conflict Cost

Principles describing the costly nature of position conflict.

Script From A Video I Made

This Series Is a series where we contrast Sun Tzu's definition of words, with our normal vocabulary. this is one way it makes it harder to read The Art of War, or understand what Sun Tzu is saying, because we assume that he used his words like we would. It is surprising to know just how specific, and consistent he used his words.

In This first video, we explore the differences between the following:







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in a land called Atco, a series of strategic, victories and blunders alike happen to it's citizens and their organizations. It is up to the brave Sun-Tzu Warriors to share and reflect on these. War and in social settings, conflict gets people nowhere. in school, i would believe it would be called "drama." most of my high-school life has been okay, since i've distanced myself from people to a point to where i've avoided it almost totally. and i can say, i've been more relaxed, more "Hakuna Matata" because people havent drained my energy by such stuff. so i can say, thats a victory in itself

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"Guns-a-blazing" - ObamaCare Desperation Time

Fans of train wrecks should enjoy the continuing health care battle. In a recent article of this topic, we used it to explain Sun Tzu's "Limited Situation," the penultimate stage in a campaign ([node:content/strategic-principle-day-647-limited-situations-occur-vulnerable-transition-point link]). After explaining how the appropriate methods were not being used, that article ended with a simple prediction:

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Congressional Healthcare Battle: Links to Lessons about Creating Conflict

Strategy teaches that creating conflict is too costly to make long-term strategic success possible ([node:content/313-conflict-cost link]). We can see the dimensions of this problem in battle created in the current health care bill (aka Obamacare). If the health care bill "wins" this battle, the most likely losers in the next election are those supporting it. In this battle, we can see all the distorting aspects of conflict:

Creating more opposition (See David Harsanyi in Denver Post)

Winning Without Conflict

People confuse conflict with competition. This confusion is extremely costly. Sun Tzu defines competition as a comparison, where the "winner" of the comparison gains certain rewards. Competition is inevitable because comparison is inevitable. Comparisons must be made before choices can be made. Any situation that involves judgment requires a choice or competition among alternatives. The most common forms of human competition are all contests for the support of others. All such competitions are determined by the comparisons that people make.

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