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Exactly what was the
purpose of the terra cotta army of China's first emperor? Some imagine that the
clay army was constructed to protect the emperor in the afterlife. But clay
armies protect nobody. More to the point, the first emperor was an atheist and did
not believe in an "afterlife."
The School of Sun Tzu is the result of painstaking research that links,
for the first time, the foundation of China as a nation with the method by
which that was made to happen. And that foundation happened because one of the
most forward states ever, defined the methodology by which war could end and
peace prevail. The terra cotta army of Qin Shi Huang celebrates those two
The methodology includes a
treatise on principles and philosophy known as the Tao Te Ching, and a manual
for organizational and inter-organizational management known as Ping-fa
(erroneously referred to for centuries as Sun Tzu: The Art of War).
include instructions in communications, leadership, command and control,
intelligence and planning.
These discoveries are the
consequence of an inter-disciplinary study by a social anthropologist. His
background includes military service, having served as an aide to a
foreign affairs minister, and having consulted large organizations on both
Knowledge Management and organizational governance. This combination of
experiences and skills allowed author David G. Jones to unearth links that have
not been defined until now.
Mr. Jones began his study
by asking why the famous works Tao Te Ching and Ping-fa had been written, and
by whom, and to what use
they were applied. The
extensive commentary on these works do not
address these critical
issues. Both works are assumed to be the creation of obscure writers from
“antiquity.” No proofs of authorship have ever been delivered.
Ping-fa's messages emerge
when it is stripped of its militarist language. This was a device intended to
assist learning and memorization. The many commentaries that have
appeared over the years assume that this medium was actually the message.
The secret to unlocking
the non-militarist text is found in the Tao Te Ching which is the companion
piece to Ping-fa. It soon becomes evident this is a work for
strategic organizational planning and management, and that the Tao Te
Ching is the value context within which one applies the Ping-fa methodology.
These were the works of enlightened individuals working in concert.
Resolving why they were
written takes longer. But the evidence is clear. The small Middle Kingdom
state of Qin was able – in a few short years – to end war and establish
the Chinese empire. That they made that happen without conflict marks that as
one of the most significant feats of empire-buiulding the world has ever seen.
The conclusion of this
research, vividly described and documented, has now
been published. Now too,
we see for the first time just how incredible was the first emperor Qin
Shi Huang and how significant were his achievements.
This is an interesting
read on a very large canvas. It explains, and
clarifies, much that has
been assumed and conveyed again and again about
the founding of China. The
School of Sun Tzu reveals messages of contemporary importance regarding
how one manages without conflict, and how one builds
The School of Sun Tzu:
Winning Empires without War is available at: