This is part of a chapter I’m in the middle of completing for my trilogy, The Way of the Sith Part 3: Doctrine of Action and Hierarchy.
The Sith deal in conflict, as Darth Malgus suggested; it is through conflict that the galaxy and the nature of the dark side differentiates between those who rise and those who fall, and those who don’t try to heighten their abilities and emotions to get out of the circumstances or pain they are in, to rise again, and through conflict we gain understanding of the force. Darth Malgus says: “…the survivors of the conflict come to understand the Force more deeply. Their understanding evolves. That is purpose enough.” This is because of the two weapons at our disposal. The club is what is used in a shallow exchange or forcing the matter by proclaiming the superiority of ones position and making proclamations of grandeur but lacking a greater purpose, and by attacking without knowing why you swing, its challenging somebody else with what amounts to a mentality of escapism or avoidance through ones flaws. These can be summed up as;
“The most common types of flaws is doing the right course of action but; (1) catering to the wrong crowd, when you aren’t reaching the target audience, (2) not fairly representing alternatives, (3) muddying the waters, and (4) making a mountain of a mole hill. Fetters are the reasons for pain, issues are neurosis, malaise, rather disadvantageous values or mental illness, and flaws are bad timing or inappropriateness for playing out particular strengths.”-The Way of the Sith by Edwin Ferreira
A sword however is knowing why you swing and has precision, thus integrated with purpose and aims. An attack is when you deconstruct what is disadvantageous, unworkable or pathological. So it works against ones favor, doesn’t produce results, or promotes weakness or issues so its ultimate getting in the way of your goals and power which may result from the pathological constructs or to make a judgement about a thing that is reliant on some bad desire that’s stagnant and mostly causes pain. The attack must be able to have the precision to identify what is unworkable, disadvantageous or pathological and get to the heart of the matter of the best alternative (doesn’t have to be perfect though, it should however aim at an ideal that can be perfect). It should be explanatory power of how ones own purpose, aims or perception is more beneficial for the individual and works to produce advantageous adaption, forward momentum, acquiring a suitable role, to perform it that role well and survival, to be on the path to perfection, and that quest is never ending. Sithism relates so well to many because we are always trying to perform better and become greater, the great weakness we try to vanquish completely is that of stagnation. This is why we also don’t believe in achieving peace in victory, because stagnation might set in if we believe we have conquered everything that is of worth, self and naturally extending that self-mastery to then the entire world, self-mastery translates into world mastery.
An example of a attack is to use Social darwinian ideology that favors what it means to be rewarded, which means survival of the fittest behaviour orientation that are applied to the realm of human nature, the human mind and to the dynamics of relationships, this is aimed towards making a new race of people that are superior compared to us, the higher man or woman (Overman or Ubermensch). Rewards are income, revenue, assets, skills, networks, labor or clout, which basically means the resources at our disposal which be divvied out.
The reason why I’m mentioning this is that this is a type of training that anyone can put into practice if they so choose. So I’m giving this out to perpetuate the myth that conflict is just something to be avoided or dismissed, when really its method, habit, ritual or technique to gaining self-knowledge.