I had in depth discussion a man that saw me (re)reading the Art of War. He asked if I was planning some sort of offensive action and when I replied, "no" he inquired as to why I was studying a book that laid out the framework of successful conquest. In his (not so) humble opinion, I had no business reading something like that if I didn't plan on using it in some way.
This is the discussion that I put on the table:
What is the value of knowing how to manipulate and conquer one's opponent using the tools one has available? Is a man of peace justified in his study of war and at what point does one draw the line?
I'm going to read it today. Its about that time.
1: I believe the value lies in self-preservation. Protection. Securing future opportunities for a life of growth.
2: A man of peace is always justified in his study of war. A Roman named Vegetius once said, "Let him who desires peace prepare for war." Too much patience is the mark of a coward. Just as too much aggression is the mark of a tyrant. War and Peace are two sides of the same coin. A man of peace NOT studying war is a man in a snowstorm who diliberately chooses to wear shorts and a tank top.
3: Listen to your conscience and you'll know when to draw the line.