FINE weapons of war augur evil.
Even things seem to hate them.
Therefore, a man of Tao does not set his heart
as the place of honor:
In war, the right side is the place of honor.
They are not properly a gentleman's instruments;
Only on necessity will he resort to them.
For peace and quiet are dearest to his heart,
And to him even a victory is no cause for rejoicing.
Hence a man who rejoices over the slaughter of men
cannot expect to thrive in the world of men.
On sad occasions the right side.
In the army, the Lieutenant Commander stands on
While the Commander-in-Chief stands on the right.
This means that war is treated on a par with a funeral
Because many people have been killed, it is only right
that survivors should mourn for them.
Hence, even a victory is a funeral.
Translated by John C. H. Wu
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