A soldier is an ominous weapon.Tao Te Ching (Chapter 31) the most popular new interpretation
The soldier is an ominous instrument, object or evil, so the dao is not.A gentleman’s home is your left, while his use of arms is your right. The weapon of a soldier is not a gentleman’s weapon, so he should not use it. He should be calm and calm, winning but not beautiful.A man who kills a man does not succeed in the world.Good things are on the left, bad things are on the right.The general is on the left and the admiral is on the right.To speak of the funeral place, the murderers shall reach it by sorrow, and overcome it by the funeral place.If we use military force as a means of governance, we are bound to meet with force. This is not a good method of governance and will cause huge losses in material and human resources. Therefore, a wise ruler will not use this method.When the country is stable, it should be governed mainly by civil servants and officials, and when the country is in turmoil, it should be the army and the armed forces.It is not a good way to govern by military force alone, nor is it the magic weapon of a man of virtue. It is only used when there is no choice but to govern by military force.If we have no choice but to use military force to govern, we should give priority to stability and kill fewer people as the best policy, and we should also pay human and material losses to pacifing troubled countries. If we always prefer to use military force to govern, we will only take killing for pleasure.A man so easy to kill won’t get the world’s support.When a country is stable, it should be handled with civilization; when a country is in turmoil, it should be handled with force.Those with little ability can only be appointed as lieutenants, those with great ability as commander-in-chief.After a rebellion is put down, the bodies of those killed must be disposed of. However, if a large number of people are killed, the body of the enemy must be disposed of in a humane manner to win the hearts and minds of the people.