Essay on The Qualities Of A President

1294 Words Sep 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
If there is ever a time that calls for immediate action and the highest level of decision-making, it is war. This is why the qualities of a president should be like that of an expert general in wartime. Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese general that commanded over one hundred thousand soldiers in the Eastern Zhou Dynasty of Spring and Autumn (771 to 403 BC). In his well-renowned treatise of war, Art of War, Sun Tzu wrote that a commander should stand for virtues of wisdom, sincerity, benevolence, courage, and strictness. Transferring this over to qualities of a president, it means a president should be wise, sincere, benevolent, brave, and strict. It would be ideal for a president to have all of these virtues though it would be unlikely and unrealistic to hold such an expectation. What is not irrational however, is to try to look for as many of these virtues as possible, especially when each one is so important. If we were to vote for a president that stands for these values, we would be in for a golden age.
Wisdom is a cardinal virtue, one that has been sought after by even the highest figures of society since its first exposure. The Greeks defined wisdom as the understanding of causes, it is a virtue they looked up to greatly. Indeed, wisdom has proven its value all throughout history. One great example of a wise ruler was King Solomon, son of David, who is mentioned in several ancient texts like the Holy Bible, the Qur’an, and the Talmund. Solomon was praised highly as a…

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