The Art of War. It is one of the most studied and quoted books from legendary General Sun Tzu. Who was Sun Tzu?
Sun Tzu (pronounced SOON-zuh) means Master Sun. His first name was Wu.
According to Ssu-ma Ch’ien’s Shih chi, also called the Records of the Grand Historian, Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general during the Spring and Autumn period (722-481 BC). TheSpring and Autumn Annals of Wu and Yueh confirms this account except it claims he originates from the state of Wu, not Ch’i. Most scholars surmise he lived from 544 BC to 496 BC.
Sun Tzu wrote the earliest — and still the most revered — military treatise in the world. This masterpiece is best known to most of us as The Art of War. Since naming a written work after its author was customary in ancient China, the text was originally referred to as simply “Sun Tzu.”
The Spring and Autumn Annals of Wu and Yueh states:
Sun Tzu, whose name was Wu, was a native of Wu. He excelled at military strategy but dwelled in secrecy far away from civilization, so ordinary people did not know of his ability. Wu Tzu-hsu [King Ho-lu’s advisor], himself enlightened, wise, and skilled in discrimination, knew Sun Tzu could penetrate and destroy the enemy. One morning when he was discussing military affairs he recommended Sun Tzu seven times. King Ho-lu said: “Since you have found an excuse to advance this shih, I want to have him brought in.” He questioned Sun Tzu about military strategy, and each time that he laid out a section of his book the king could not praise him enough.
Skilled and experienced in warfare matters during a time of unprecedented political and military turmoil, Sun Tzu validates his treatise. When asked by King Ho-lu whether the book’s principles can be applied to anyone, Sun Tzu replies, “Yes.” As proof of his competency and to confirm the principles’ effectiveness, he successfully transforms 180 court women into trained soldiers in one session.
With Sun Tzu as general, King Ho-lu captured the capital city of Ying to defeat the powerful Ch’u state in 506 BC. He then headed north and subdued the states of Ch’i and Chin. Not surprisingly, Sun Tzu’s name quickly spread throughout the land and among the feudal lords.
How Sun Tzu later lived or died is unknown. However, the Yueh Chueh Shu declared “ten li outside the city gate of Wu Hsieh, there is a large tomb of the great strategist Sun Tzu.” By the Han dynasty, his reputation as a wise and respected military leader was well-known. Considering the countless texts lost or destroyed throughout China’s history, the remarkable survival and relevancy of Sun Tzu’s Art of War to this very day attest to its immeasurable value.
Why should this relate to African Americans?
It’s very simple: Because we are and have always been in a state of war–whether we acknowledge this or not.
Your enemy–and you know who it is…maneuvers day and night against you–and many of us are still asleep. This enemy wants to destroy you–and you ignorantly, and foolishly let him in your home–among the people that you cherish most.
The first rule of combat: KNOW THY ENEMY!
Many criminals actually study this text.
When you study The Art of War you find that many of the tactics laid out by Sun Tzu apply to daily life.
The minds that work against you study–life is war!
My advice to Black people is to start becoming more mental strategists and learn what you enemy knows in order to defeat him.
Here is the The Art of War. http://ancienthistory.about.com/library/bl/bl_text_suntzu.htm Print it–Study it–Memorize it. Do what it says…
I didn’t need to preach today.
You hear what I’m sayin’…
Now. Go GET YOUR LIFE!