I mentioned the Bushidoshoshinshu in a previous post. I am going to revisit that post for a moment with this passage;
“When speaking of Bushido, the three qualities considered essential are loyalty, integrity and courage. When these three virtues are perfectly combined in one man, he is called a samurai of the highest quality…The reason is that the courage of a warrior is not exhibited for the first time when he dons his armor, takes up spear and halberd, faces the field, and is locked in battle. A man’s ordinary life at peace reflects his courage or cowardice just like a mirror…Having the least bit of spare time, he will put his mind to Learning, and not be negligent in his practice of the martial arts…He will protect his health fully and will keep in mind the desire to perform at least once in his life a great meritorious deed. Having such a disposition, he will be deeply mindful of his own constitution and be moderate in his desires for food and drink. He will give wide berth to and be very prudent in matters of sex, that primary deluder of men, and, other than that, will endure anything. All these evidence a man’s courage.”
I find the concept that a persons everyday life and actions are the TRUE measure of a person very interesting. Everybody thinks “when the shit hits the fan I will stand up and act” but when the neighbor kid is out blasting his car stero at 2 am he is afraid to open his window and say anything. People talk about ethics and warriorship and “doing the right thing”, but what do they do in their everyday life? Really look at yourself and the people around you. If you dont like what you see in yourself and your actions either change yourself or accept your reality.