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The Eastern Approach To Conflict Resolution As Portrayed In The Art Of War

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John F. Kennedy once famously said, “Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” It has been said a few decades ago but the theme of war is relevant at all times. One might share Kennedy’s point of view, when another one not. The most obvious example of different views and approaches on how to deal with conflicts are of the Western and Eastern civilizations. The Western is focused on physical aggressiveness and getting things done through power and coercion, while the Eastern approach is more philosophical, rational, and strategic. We see such method of approach in Sun Tzu’s military treatise, “The Art of War.” Even though he wrote a manual on how to defeat an enemy, ...view middle of the document...

According to Sun Tzu, a good leader is someone who is intelligent, genuine, courageous, disciplined, and wise. Generals' behavior and actions set up a mood for the whole army, who need someone to look up to. “The general, unable to control his irritation, will launch his men to the assault like swarming ants, with the result that one-third of his men are slain, while town still remains untaken.” It clearly shows that the general needs to curb his emotions and watch out his actions because it determines whether they win or lose or come home or not. By immaculate behavior a good general will earn his army’s trust and respect that will lead to their moral duty to serve their ruler and ensure their outstanding service and loyalty.
At last, you need to listen to your army's needs and wishes to secure loyal service to their ruler. Everyone wants to feel appreciated and their opinion to be taken into account. Sun Tzu writes,
“ (2) By attempting to govern an army in the same way as he administers a kingdom, being ignorant of the conditions which...

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