For many of us, holidays means dealing with lots of family and all their wonderfully unique personalities. Uh-huh…you know what we’re talking about. As they say, “All is fair in love and war.”
Enter this week’s book, Sun-Tzu’s “The Art of War”, a frequent seller in our bookstore. Now you can enjoy these holidays like you never have before! “The Art of War” is perhaps one of the oldest texts on the methods of contending with an opposing force, be it in the form of actual warfare, psychological warfare, or personal warfare, written well-over 2,000 years ago! It has had a profound impact and influence on all the great history-makers of our world, and what is most interesting is how these lessons are applicable in daily life.
(definition) War: a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state; or a state of competition, conflict, or hostility between different people or groups; or a sustained effort to deal with or end a particular unpleasant or undesirable situation or condition.
Suffice to say, war has been part of the human condition since the beginning of civilization (and even before that). Fortunately, for most of us, we do not generally have to contend with these first and second definitions of war, but “war” is something that many do deal with on a daily basis in their personal and business lives, even if they don’t realize it.
Family? Co-workers? “The Art of War” teaches how to deal with the matter at hand and yet everyone keeps their dignity (saves face). They will appreciate your generosity and may actually become your ally. Now, that’s awesome!
“The Art of War” is simply written and, like all universal truths, easy to understand.
Ed and Cynthia Justus are owners of The Bookstore in Hanapepe.