In My Reveries upon the Art of War, Maurice de Saxe argues that military commanders must understand the fundamentals of warfare before pursuing innovation. The greatest lesson that De Saxe’s text reveals is that human nature can be controlled through discipline. This is apparent when examining how human
nature differs from military culture and by considering how the military uses discipline to control human nature.
Adhering to the military culture is not ordinary to the nature of human beings. To simplify the many different philosophy’s regarding the nature of man, one can look at two opposing views. First, is the philosopher Hobbes who sees humans
as “beasts” in pursuit of survival. He believes that by nature, humans are inherently bad