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What Is Sun Tzu’s Law of Nature?

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

Sun Tzu’s Law of Nature reminds us that deaths and calamities do not win wars. During the time of Sun Tzu, wars could rage for decades as deaths mounted without end in sight. There was no sort of “strategy” available to study. It was a time when fighting wars was a show of manhood and brute force, rather than strategy.

Sun Tzu believed wars should be fought differently. He states, “Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” This was Sun Tzu’s law of nature and war. 

Instead of using brute force to win wars, use strategic planning and fight battles intelligently. This takes planning, which is why Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War. He states, “The art of war is of vital importance to the State. It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected.”

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