Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001
~ Chapter Two ~
" No, I do not mean that... It's just that it is easy to be an invincible
general, if one shoves responsibility to his peers in apparently losing
wars, and get out only in wars that are sure to win. When we praise a
general as undefeatable or invincible, our thoughts will presumably be
entrenched in the idea that the general must be a great, outstanding genius."
" However, evaluations are only afterthoughts, don't you think? Calling General Saku -- or Tai-ou a genius is just an evaluation towards Tai-ou's results, instead of towards Tai-ou's real self. Putting it the other way, we cannot say Tai-ou has become not a genius when Tai becomes barren. ... Whichever the case, it is of no use to compare oneself with others. What does such comparison yield except comparing in futile one's real self against the target's attached evaluations?"
I see, Youko gave a bitter smile.
Yes, the half beast general primly concluded, and Youko laughed.
" Is our Imperial Army really that weak?"
Youko was too shocked to answer.
" That is just unbelievable. Even if one hamburger makes a meal,
one day needs 39000 hamburgers..."