"Way of the Warrior"
In the Samurai’s Bushido, or “Way of the Warrior”, nobility was a way of life. Emphasizing “frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery, and honor unto death” were the main characteristics for this moral code. (“When the cause is great, victory is that much sweeter”). This chivalric philosophy, stemming from Zen Buddhism and Confucianism, seems to balance Self Discipline and a Freedom of the Mind with a hard ease. Honor above all else. In this day and age, I like to believe that the Samurai’s Bushido can still be applied to modern philosophy. But I feel we must first define what it is that we are actually fighting for. (For the Samurai it was the right to protect their people, to give loyalty to their master and to adhere to their way of life. For us- (should we even have to pause to think about this answer?)?)
When a Samurai became disloyal to the Bushido it was punishable by death. One sword plunge into the stomach traced up and into the heart was considered an honorable way to die among warriors who realized they were not true to their ways. In this day and age, we would have a difficult time accepting a cause ridden to the death (except for in the freedom of an Idealistic Mind). What has Western Culture defined as Nobility if nothing like this seems to exist except through Tom Cruise movies?Before we can be true to our way of life, we must define what it is that we are fighting for. Until then: “To thus enhance another’s soul moment by moment by moment is true Nobility.” –Allie Jo