Emotions Change … Consequences Remain

“If it is not advantageous,
do not move.
If goals cannot be reached,
do not act.
Unless endangered,
do not attack.
The ruler cannot start wars
out of personal anger.
The general cannot
engage in battle
due to personal frustration.

When advantageous,
when not advantageous,

Anger can revert to happiness
Annoyance can revert to joy,
but a defeated state
cannot be revived,
the dead cannot be
brought back to life.

Paraphrased from Sun Tzu’s Art of War (end of chapter 12)

Emotions change
Consequences remain