Chapter: Terrain



If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt; kind-hearted, but unable to enforce your commands; and incapable, moreover, of quelling disorder: then your soldiers must be likened to spoilt children; they are useless for any practical purpose.


Parents, having no practice at the art, often spoil their children by giving them too much. Spoilt children petulantly expect to be given what they want without responsibilities nor earning their rewards.

The best way of parenting and the best way of leading soldiers is both to love them and to set high expectations that they will responsibly seek to achieve the best they can.