CC read Sunzi – Chapter 5

There is the 5th chapter! WOW! Same term and condition *・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・'(*゚▽゚*)’・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・*

—— here we go! ——

Sunzi said: to manage a large group as easy as to manage a smaller one, people should rely on proper team structure. To fight a large enemy as easy as to fight against a small one, people should rely on the strategy. To always win the war, people should attack in an unexpected way. To easily beat enemies, people should cheat on battlefield.

At the war, the forces may always confront each other and fight, but they should win by unexpected attack. Those who are good at using unexpected strategies can fight like magician. Then Sunzi used analogy of sound, time, colour and tastes to describe that options can be endless by combining them differently. So if we fight by combining regular battle with unexpected attacks, the options can be numerous.

The rushing water can float a stone as it was empowered by potential energy; birds can catch preys as they are speedy. For the war it’s important to powerful and speedy. Powerful like arrow on string, and speedy as when it’s shooting out. 

A battlefield can be messy but armies shouldn’t be confused; when two forces fight they get into each other and we should be unbeatable. From chaos to order that’s deployment; from courage to timidity and that’s power; from weakness to strength that’s the situation.

So those who are good at handling the enemy can make up a situation where the enemies will believe and follow; enemy will easily be sold with their baits.

(The last one is hard but in conclusion…(; ̄ェ ̄)) Sunzi expressed those who are good at war are like pushing round trunks off steep hill, they generate great power during war (and I guess it’s to echo that speedy and power analogy like arrow earlier(^_−)−☆)

Maple says – attack them in an unexpected way!


—— below is the original text —— 

孫子曰:凡治衆如治寡,分數是也;鬥衆如鬥寡,形名是也;三軍之衆,可使必受敵而無敗者,奇正是也;兵之所加,如以碫投卵者,虛實是也。

凡戰者,以正合,以奇勝。故善出奇者,無窮如天地,不竭如江海。終而復始,日月是也。死而復生,四時是也。聲不過五,五聲之變,不可勝聽也;色不過五,五色之變,不可勝觀也;味不過五,五味之變,不可勝嘗也;戰勢不過奇正,奇正之變,不可勝窮也。奇正相生,如循環之無端,孰能窮之哉?

激水之疾,至於漂石者,勢也;鷙鳥之疾,至於毀折者,節也。故善戰者,其勢險,其節短。勢如彍弩,節如發機。

紛紛紜紜,鬥亂而不可亂也;渾渾沌沌,形圓而不可敗也。亂生於治,怯生於勇,弱生於強。治亂,數也;勇怯,勢也;強弱,形也。

故善動敵者,形之,敵必從之;予之,敵必取之。以利動之,以實待之。

故善戰者,求之於勢,不責於人,故能擇人而任勢。任勢者,其戰人也,如轉木石。木石之性,安則靜,危則動,方則止,圓則行。故善戰人之勢,如轉圓石於千仞之山者,勢也。

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One thought on “CC read Sunzi – Chapter 5

  1. Jax says:

    势的道理,有点类似老子无为的思想。无为并不是什么都不干,而是不乱搞。孙子说的求之于势而不是人也是一样的道理,和他前面说的各种战前准备和非战争手段取胜的思想呼应。真正的大师,从方方面面营造出一个态势,而让结果的发展成为必然,而不是盲目片面地去打仗求得局部战斗的胜利。

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