“Weapons, however beautiful, are instruments of ill omen, hateful to all creatures. Therefore he who has Tao will have nothing to do with them.
“Weapons are the tools of violence; all decent men detest them. Weapons are the tools of fear; a decent man will avoid them except in the direst necessity and, if compelled, will use them only with the utmost restraint.
“Peace is his highest value.
If the peace has been shattered,
how can he be content?
His enemies are not demons, but human beings like himself. He doesn’t wish them personal harm. Nor does he rejoice in victory. How could he rejoice in victory and delight in the slaughter of men?
“He enters a battle gravely,with sorrow and with great compassion, as if he were attending a funeral.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching