This Latin expression is translated and widely known as “If you want peace, prepare for war”. It also gave name to the famous Parabellum pistol.
To begin with, an interesting geographical and historical example – Switzerland. Which associations does this country usually bring? One of the wealthiest countries in the world, the land of ultra-expensive clock producers, extravagant bankers, high-quality cheese and chocolate, pastoral meadows and mountain air. A heaven on earth. And, what is important, a state that officially adheres to the policy of neutrality in international affairs.
It is very remarkable, however, what is hidden behind the peaceful Swiss appearance. Continuous wars and bloodshed in the past. Swiss mercenaries hired all over Medieval Europe. Paramount military service in the present days. No matter who you are – either an 18-year-old age youngster, a reputable banker or a top manager with a top-price Rolex on your hand – doing a military camp is highly appreciated by everyone even in his fifties. Not to mention countless military bases, bomb shelters, weapon storage disguised among innocent herds of cows throughout the country.
This example shows that strong societies are unlikely to be attacked. Strong societies can focus on internal development. Strong societies are ultimately successful.
Of course, the same principle applies on an individual level. “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.” Meaning once you account for the possible negative scenarios and get prepared for them, you get confidence and power. Moreover, bad things are unlikely to happen if you have already prepared for them, simply because the state of internal readiness and focus cuts off any potentially unfavorable events.
One of the best embodiments of this principle were undoubtedly the Japanese samurai.
“Even of you will use a sword only once in a lifetime, you must always wear it”.