Let's say you're the commander of an army, and your opponent is a well established bad guy so there's no ambiguity there. What trait would you prefer to have in spades over the other?
a) Compassion. A sense of humanity. You weigh the pros and cons of every tactic and consider only moves that make for minimum loss of life at the cost of conceding important key battles and ending the war sooner.
b) A willingness to make the kinds of decisions that, while logical and instrumental to ending the war in your favor, would result in a few casualties on your side.
- compassion is keyVote A
- the ends justify the meansVote B
- you're only an elected official, you can't make decisions on your ownVote C
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Acting out of necessity is always going to be more important, but be aware of the lives of soldiers. Try to strike a balance. Don't pull from every battle, at some point you'll need to fight. But don't run good men into a meat grinder to end a war sooner either. I think there's an efficient way to do things.1