In a chance moment of flipping on the television as a guest at someone’s home, I caught a few minutes of the History Channel analyzing the American Civil War ‘Battle of Gettysburg’. The program imposed the strategy of the reknown Chinese martialist Sun Tzu on the actions of the losing Confederates and the mistakes they had made, apparently unfamiliar with war strategy : “Never send in troops to rescue a lost cause“.
…the moment was epiphanous…
Few people seem to know or comprehend the depth of the war being waged on humanity. I do not know it but feel it to the marrow, and my heart resists capture even by the seductive reasoning of my own mind. ‘Reason’ is what I was trained to believe in, not in the wild impulses of my heart. ‘Reason’, then, must be the tool of my enemy. It is a great piece of rationalist fakery to equate Reason with Logic. They are surely not the same creature of thought. Logic is simply a method of determining cause and effect. Reason, on the other hand, is the philosopher’s Ideal. I never did like academic philosophy for it’s failure to inform my heart on the nature of reality.
And so, my worldly thoughts seek their measure in practical constructs, like Sun Tzu. War is a business and all modern business has become the strategy of war. My mother, who knows little of business and even less of war, still often repeated the temporal wisdom inherent in the advice of Sun Tzu : “Never throw good money after bad”.
In a war of reduction, waged from within, the strategy is to lose; lose and survive. How many overreaching businesses have survived against considerable odds by downsizing, tightening control and imposing a uniformity of protocol? In the global business of downsizing, the more lost causes the better. The more good money after bad the better. The less Life the better. Winning by losing reduces everything to manageable proportions and hands over a ‘bloodless’ victory. The strategists have been honing their skills for centuries –they know you hate to lose. They’re counting on it.