History is written by the victor (Russell), consistent preparation (Washington), and war is for cowards (Mann).
“War does not determine who is right — only who is left.”
— Bertrand Russell, British Philosopher
This is like the old saying that “history is written by the victor.”
Whichever side of the story of a war you hear, take it with a grain of salt. It’s usually the case that whoever is winning or who wins at the end writes the story, and their version of the truth becomes the only information people know. In reality, you're only getting their biased perspective.
If you want the real truth, you must hear from both the winners and (if they survive) the losers. On top of that, it’s good to hear from neutral observers as they offer a perspective that isn’t influenced by emotions.
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”
— George Washington, Founding Father of the United States
Take this quote as a metaphor to always stay sharp, especially when times are good for you:
Keep your career skills up to date so that, should you ever need to, you can easily find a new job
Invest early when you’re younger and have extra money coming in; that’s better than when you're older and in desperate need of cash
Even if you’re fit and strong, keep exercising to maintain the good habit and health
This mindset of consistent upkeep and preparation is the key to maintaining your success in the long run.
“War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.”
— Thomas Mann, German Novelist
Starting a war is never justified. More broadly, starting a physical conflict is never justified.
Physical conflict is cowardly because those who do it are taking the easy yet flawed solution to their problems. Instead of working hard and smart to achieve their goal, they resort to conflict. They could have got what they wanted eventually, but they ran away in fear of the challenge.
If you see someone starting a conflict, know that they are doing it out of fear. That doesn’t justify their actions, but at least you know the human root cause of it. In your own life, take the higher road. Conflict may get you quick results, but they aren’t as fruitful nor as long-lasting as the results earned through your hard and smart work.
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