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Comparison of Lao Tzu and Machiavelli It is obvious to most people the differences between black and white light and darkness or Pepsi and Coca-Cola Many people have different preferences for each of these things as well as different views about them While one person may argue that Pepsi is the ultimate cola beverage another person may claim that Coca-Cola is the best by far This is such the case with many different people in this world on many different topics A prime example of contrasting views on many issues is Niccolio Machiavelli and Lao Tzu Among the issues that they address include war and violence and the qualities of an ideal ruler The issue with the most differences is obviously that of war and violence In his work The Qualities of a Prince Machiavelli claimed that a good ruler must always be prepared for war Even when their country is not at war the ruler must be constantly considering combat They must take the time to look at the land in which any battle will be fought whether that is in their kingdom or that of their enemies He must therefore never raise his thought from this exercise of warm and in peacetime he must train himself more than in time of war this can be done in two ways one by action the other by the mind And as far as action is concerned besides keeping his soldiers well disciplined and trained he must always be out hunting and must accustom his body to hardships in this manner and he must also learn the nature of the terrain and know how the mountains slope how the valleys open how the plains lie and understand the nature of rivers and swamps 38 Lao Tzus Thoughts from the Tao-Te-Ching took a more pacifistic approach He believes that no man had the right to defeat enemies by using violence and weapons When violence
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