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Factors on Using Troops

 

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Chapter

First part : 3 : 1

Observed lessons

  • Four principles of lightness:
    1. The terrain feels that the horses are light. So choose terrain that suits horses.
    2. The horses feel that the chariot is light. So feed the horses to keep them strong.
    3. Chariots feel that the soldiers on it are light. So maintain chariots well.
    4. The soldiers feel that the burden of war is light. So arm and train soldiers well.
  • Two principles of heaviness:
    1. Reward heavily the courageous troops who advance.
    2. Punish heavily those who retreat.
  • One principle of integrity:
    • Ensure the reward and punishment system is fairly designed and implemented.

Discussion

War is not about soldiers or horses or chariots or terrain. It is about all of them. The same principle applies now, just substituting horses and chariots for their modern equivalent. The whole system can fail if one part fails, so pay attention to all parts.

Lightness and heaviness are principles in Tai Chi, where you make yourself insubstantial or immovable, so your opponent falls through where they thought you were or bounces off of your strongly rooted stance. You can also do this in verbal interactions with others, being light and lithe or strong and tough. Often light works best, though sometimes heavy is needed.

Reward and punishment have been used for many years and still have their place, although our understanding of motivation now is more sophisticated. When you use this carrot and stick system, be careful to ensure it is perceived as being fair, otherwise even rewards will cause resentment.

See also

Harmony principle, Alignment principle

 

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