The Art of War was one of our world’s first written documents that dealt with militaristic strategies and advancements. The book was written by a Chinese military leader named Sun Tzu, who commanded and analyzed his military over the Warring States Period of China. Sun Tzu produced this text in an attempt to provide future military advantages for the Chinese, but The Art of War’s ideas eventually spread to neighboring civilizations and empires. The ideas and facts expressed in Sun Tzu’s writings proved effective as military groups became more powerful through the writings. Throughout The Art of War, Sun Tzu expressed his views and tactics primarily in moral ethics, intelligence, environmental tactics, and leadership.
While analyzing the text, it was clear that one of Sun Tzu’s main points was to express moral ethics. Sun Tzu speaks of the five constant factors that govern the art of war, and the first constant that he states is the “moral law”. Sun Tzu believes that the moral law is unlike any of the other Chinese moral aspects and will lead a military to new advancements. The Art of War states, “The moral law causes the people to be in a complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger.” (p. #1) This quote makes one believe that there will be no danger under one’s ruler, and they will be led to a safe victory. Putting all of one’s trust in a leader is very brave and daring, but this moral law seemed to bring the military together with more trust and bondage. Moral ethics was an important aspect of The Art of War because it described new ways of viewing warfare and trusting those around you.
The next topic that is very important in Sun Tzu’s writing is the intelligence of people within warfare. When speaking about intelligence, Sun Tzu describes how it can be used as a
military strategy, such as deception. Sun Tzu states, “A military operation involves deception....