In this sense, this statement is quite correct when we take a look at history from time length. Then, why the strong is not strong because his sgrength? The entire sentence reads "The strong is not strong because of his strength, but because of his weakness. The strong will not lose because of his weakness, but of his strength". There were very strong clan in 15th century Japan, the time of black age. The name is "Takeda". The head of the clan, Shingen Takeda was smart strategist. One of the early adopter of "Guns" brought into Japan. He trained his gunmen and formed gun unit. His army was called strongest in Japan that time.
After the death of Shingen Takeda, his son, Katsuyori, inherited his army. His army was supposed to be as strong as his fathers. He fought against Nobunaga Oda. (Nagashino War - refer to image left - Public Domain) Katsuyori was so confident that his army with gun unit can defeat Oda. But, Nobunaga Oda studied everything about his gun army unit of Takeda and imported newer guns from Europe to win against Takeda. If Katsuyori's army was not famous for the strength of gun power, Oda would not have been aware of it, and could not study about it. To me, this example is typical on "The strong lost due to its strength." How do you think?
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