Eastern Philosophy

Sun Tzu: “it is the business of a general to be quiet… upright and just, and thus maintain order.” (Variation in Tactics: 36)
I’ve been re-reading The Art of War and The Tao Te Ching. It is interesting the themes that run through Eastern philosophy. Themes of honor, respect, and slow decisive action are weaved throughout each work. However, in contrast there is a theme of deception, power, and oppression as well. For example, Sun Tzu first explains that the general needs to be upright and just, honorable and wise in order to earn the admiration of their subordinates. However, in stark contrast to this noble reality, he also states that the general should be deceptive and shrewd, manipulative and self motivated. It is encouraged to keep the masses ignorant of everything that you plan, and thereby maintain blind obedience.
Strange how men without Christ need to ensure that they remain in power, and yet men with Christ may apply the first form of leadership without the latter. The greatest leaders need not manipulate, they depend on the voice of the Lord to direct their paths. Although the eastern philosophers can challenge some of our practices, they cannot guide morality or motivation. Those must be dictated by Christ.


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