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Chivalry is a flower no less indigenous to the soil of Japan than its emblem, the cherry blossom; nor is it a dried-up specimen of an antique virtue preserved in the herbarium of our history. It is still a living object of power and beauty among us; and if it assumes no tangible shape or form, it not the less scents the moral atmosphere, and makes us aware that we are still under its potent spell. The conditions of society which brought it forth and nourished it have long disappeared; but as those far-off stars which once were and are not, still continue to shed their rays upon us, so the light of chivalry, which was a child of feudalism, still illuminates our moral path, surviving its mother institution. It is a pleasure to me to reflect upon this subject in the language of Burke, who uttered the well-known touching eulogy over the neglected bier of its European prototype.
Bushido for me has long been a love of mine. I have practiced Aikido for many years and often we would dip into the world of the spirit of the samurai which is very much the secretive world that is Bushido. If you are a lover of all things Japanese Martial Arts, you will love this read. If not, it'll make no sense to you at all. But buy it anyway and read it, fill your mind with codes of practice and ethics beyond anything westerners comrehend as normal.
A fascinating insight into the moral and ethical code of Japan and the way everything changed. The comparisons with European chivalry are interesting but the question I find that I keep asking myself is “Has society suffered with the demise of Bushido?“ The system may have disappeared from view but it will always be a part of us, ready to reinstall ethics into society.
The tenets of Shintoism cover the two predominating features of the emotional life of our race.--Patriotism and Loyalty.
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resolution;--"Rectitude is the power of deciding upon a certain course of conduct in accordance with reason, without wavering;--to die when it is right to die, to strike when to strike is right."
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Tranquillity is courage in repose. It is a statical manifestation of valour, as daring deeds are a dynamical. A truly brave man is ever serene; he is never taken by surprise; nothing ruffles the equanimity of his spirit.]