Grand strategy is a function of vision, of seeing further in time and space than the enemy does.
We can only ever live in the present, which is the ground of our consciousness, and our subjective
experiences and desires narrow the scope of our vision- they’re like a prison we inhabit.
The task of a grand strategist is to force yourself to widen your view, to take in more of the world
around you, to see things for what they are and for how they may play out in the future, not for
how you wish them to be. Every event has a reason, a causal chain of relationships that made it
happen; you have to dig deep into that reality, instead of seeing only the surfaces of things. The
closer you get to objectivity, the better your strategies and the easier the path to your goals.
You can take a step in this direction by always trying to look at the world through the eyes of other
People, most definitely your enemies. Your own cultural preconceptions are a major hindrance to
Seeing the world objectively. Looking through other people’s eyes is not a question of some soft,
Hazy sensitivity, it makes your strategies more effective.
Grand strategies keeps sensitive antennae attuned to the politics of any situation. You might think
That politics is largely a question of parties and fractions, but every individual is, among other things,
A political creature seeking to secure his or her own position.
Your behaviour in the world always has political consequences, in that, people around you will analyse
it in terms of whether it helps or harms them.