Section 4.9: Don't get praised by the whole empire.
"It is not the height of excellence to fight and win, and have the whole Empire say, "Well done!" and praise you... what the ancient fighters called a thoughtful warrior is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease. Hence his victories bring him neither reputation for wisdom nor credit for courage."
-Sun Tzu, Art of War, Chapter IV: Tactical Dispositions
Version of the Art of War I listened to on audio:
Edit: A good comment from Setsuna - "I don’t he actually meant “make it look easy”, it’s more like “be so skilled that you complete it without breaking a sweat”.
I'd agree with that, thanks for the good comment Setsuna.
It's not about making it look easy or taking credit or accomplishing something at a high level, the true test of a strategist or leader isn't how well he does these things, but how well he is able to meld his skills, energy, emotion, and spirit with those around him, so that when he wins, it's not attributed to cunning, or overwhelming force, or unshakable morale. Instead it seems easy, natural, and inevitable. The best strategists are the ones who flow invisibly, with fearlessness and compassion for exactly what needs to happen, who needs to do it, and how to inspire them so that the strategist himself dissolves into that higher purpose, so he himself is not there. This is Sun Tzu's message.
No, I should thank you! I actually learned more from this.
Here's a link to the page that has this message:
It's under the chapter named "Tactical Disposition" and the the first 7 points are actually very relevant to the title. But after that it gets a bit fuzzy- From point 8, he talks about what makes a leader an "excellent leader". And this is not about whether others see you as "excellent" or not- It's about whether *you* see yourself as "excellent" - more like a measuring stick I suppose, After all "Art of War" is all about improving yourself and your skills rather than bragging about them.
(Sorry for missing an entire word in the first comment! It's actually "I don’t think he actually meant..")
In the year 1853, the Ottoman Empire had been in power for 554 continuous years. Abdülmecid I was Sultan and, shortly into the year, the Albanian-descended Governor of Crete Giritli Mustafa Naili Pasha took the post of Grand Vizier.
Queen Victoria was the Monarch of the British Empire and Lord Aberdeen was her Prime Minister, though the Queen favored one of his rivals, Benjamin Disraeli, as an advisor.
In France, Napoleon III had been elected President of the Republic in 1848, and had dissolved the National Assembly two years previously in 1851. In December of 1852, the Second French Empire was established, with Louis-Napoleon becoming named "Napoléon III, Emperor of the French."
Across the Atlantic, Franklin Pierce was the President of the United States of America and Jefferson Davis was Secretary of War. There were 31 states at that time, and the American Civil War had not yet been fought.
In mid-1853, the Russian Empire started maneuvering troops to key places on the Baltic Sea near Ottoman territories. Hostilities were about to break out into the Crimean War. The primary forces were Ottoman, British, and French fighting the Russians. The war ended with a decisive British/French/Ottoman victory.
Welcome back to the list of things I want to change in the strategy genre - my Christmas wishlist for it, in fact. Continuing on....
If there are no chimneys, Santa will find a different way to deliver these gifts....
5. A Strategy Game Set In Pre-Columbian America