When Tomorrow Comes
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War
The quote above clearly illustrates three different situations by a renowned and high-ranking Chinese military general, strategist and tactician who illustrated bewildering insight into ‘opposition’ based on a lengthy career on the battlefield.
Most, if not all politicians have read, or at least, heard of the author and use some of the tactics offered in his book to achieve their goals. However, the strategies imparted are nothing more than a stepping stone to the outcomes as there is much more to be learned by reading between the lines.
If we were to briefly examine the first case, it would be fair to conclude that this does not apply as we have lost sight of the enemy long ago by turning against our own selves.
The second scenario proves equally problematic as the ‘enemy’ occasionally changes based on temporary interests and alliances by those in power.
The final supposition, in all likelihood, is the most fitting considering that those in power have already sold themselves and by doing so, relinquished the interests of the masses over whom they rule.
As a result, every battle waged has proven to be a losing one cemented by the fact that the situation never changes, and if it does, it becomes worse.
The good news is that there remains little to be had and by the time all of it is consumed, attention is most likely to turn elsewhere as the people unite in their effort to commence the rebuilding process.
Till then, we will continue to celebrate independence and freedom as ideals, in hope that these give rise to indivisible unity.