Kootaneeti’s Perspective on “Crush Your Enemy Totally.”

In a world characterized by competing ideologies and diverse cultural backgrounds, the philosophies guiding our approach to power and confrontation vary widely. The teachings from Robert Greene's "The 48 Laws of Power," embodying a Western perspective, contrast sharply with the Vedic principle of Kootaneeti. This article explores these contrasting views and their implications in modern times.

Western Thought: Crushing the Enemy Completely

Law 15 of Robert Greene’s “The 48 Laws of Power” states that a feared enemy must be crushed completely, both in body and spirit. This perspective emphasizes the need for total annihilation to prevent future retaliation. It is rooted in a binary view of life, where actions are typically extreme and brutal. This philosophy can be seen in various Western policies and strategies that prioritize absolute victory. In business, politics, or personal relationships, there’s often a push to dominate completely rather than seek compromise or mutual benefit.

Vedic Wisdom: Balance, Change, and Proportionality

In contrast to the Western perspective, Eastern philosophies like Kootaneeti emphasize change as the only constant. The idea that a friend today might become an enemy tomorrow, and vice versa, leads to a more flexible and nuanced approach.

Proportionality of force and action is key in these teachings. According to the principles of Karma and Vikarma, a balanced response is vital to ensure prosperity, harmony, and peace. Going overboard can lead to detrimental effects, ultimately coming back to haunt the aggressor.

Contemporary Relevance

The question arises: Which philosophy holds more relevance in today’s interconnected world?

  1. Globalization and Collaboration: In a world that is more interconnected than ever, the need for collaboration, understanding, and compromise is essential. The binary thinking that encourages crushing one’s enemies might not be conducive to building long-term relationships and partnerships.
  2. Ethical Considerations: Modern society is increasingly conscious of ethics and moral responsibility. The Eastern idea of balance and proportionality resonates with the emphasis on responsible and sustainable practices.
  3. Complex Realities: Life is rarely black and white, and the binary approach to confrontation may fail to account for the complex realities of human relationships and global politics.


The contrasting philosophies of power and confrontation presented by the Western and Eastern perspectives offer valuable insights into human behaviour and decision-making. While the Western view may seem more assertive and uncompromising, the Eastern approach emphasizes balance, change, and long-term relationships.

In today’s complex world, a synthesis of these philosophies might be the way forward. Recognizing the value of determination and resolve while also appreciating the importance of proportionality and understanding could lead to a more nuanced and effective approach to power, conflict, and leadership.

The wisdom from both these traditions can guide us towards a path that neither overshadows nor underestimates the complexities of human interactions but embraces them to foster a more harmonious and prosperous society.

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