Human Event Essay

Topics: Leadership, Sun Tzu, The Art of War Pages: 4 (1265 words) Published: May 23, 2014
San San Lai
Essay 1
I. Point: to argue that a balance of both texts’ strategies are most effective i. Opening sentence define leadership. What makes a good leader. Or a quote from a good leader ii. Background on Chinese history in 500 BC, the Zhou Dynasty was falling apart and there was civil strife. Confucius tried to bring people together through ritual and culture. Sun Tzu was an ancient iii. No one can follow a leader without a balance of both strict rules and humanity iv. Thesis: Although the Confucius and Sun Tzu share different points of view on leadership, a balance of both strategies would be the most effective in times of both war and peace. II. Rebuttal

i. Include somewhere either in beginning or the end.
ii. Each theory on political leadership is different and can be used effectively and separately because there is more than one way to win the hearts of the people. iii. Confucius can easily win the hearts of the people through the moral values and cultures of China iv. Sun Tzu can easily win a war through his strategic skills and defense tactics III. How Confucius’s strategies alone will not work. His teachings are all about the value and culture. He doesn’t give the best advice as to how to win a war though i. 13.12 “even with a true king, it would certainly take one generation for humanity to prevail” ii. 12.21 “always put the effort before the reward; is this not the way to accumulate moral power? To attack evil in itself iii. 8.9 “you can make people follow the Way, you cannot make them understand it” define what the Way means. iv. 5.10 “ there was a time wen I used to listen to what people said and trusted that they would act accordingly, but not I listen to what they say and watch what they do” he contradicts himself v. 2.3 “lead them by political maneuvers, restrain them with punishments: the people will become cunning and shameless.” Another contradiction IV. How Sun Tzu’s strategies alone will not work. Book doesn’t...
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