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The Way of the Sword

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by , 01-28-2013 at 12:27 AM (4755 Views)

We often watch slasher movies for entertainment, particularly anything that portrays wielding swords and roaring battle cries. Sometimes we love to watch skull splits and blood splatters; piercing arrows and penetrating spears.
Gruesome as it seems, people tend to focus on the thrill they get when someone is killed brutally and not on the essence of why the film is shot in the first place. But we all have individual misgivings, I guess.

This thought of mine comes from my love of samurai films and the bushido code. The term samurai originally meant "those who serve in close attendance to nobility", while the bushido code means "the way of the warrior".
(wikipedia) The samurai, per se, refers to a specific military class tracing from the pre-industrial period of Japan.

What urged me to admire these people is that of their undaunted discipline towards everything they do or the craft have passion to. For instance, a religious samurai would spent his entire day chanting the mantra of Buddha; while a sword master would make his early exercises of sword and skill daily, in order not to dull his techniques. It is also evident in samurai families to practice this kind of discipline; entering an abode requires a bow of respect for its inhabitant's ancestors and a simple brew of tea requires intricate skill of preparation.

Coal hard discipline, honorable defeat,mastery of craft and preservation of lore. These are the things I lack, for I am driven with fear and despair. Warriors empty their mind to deliver swift blows to the enemy as well as to think of verses to write to their haiku. These things I wish to absorb as I watch these movies and admire their craft. Hopefully, my generation would become the modern Samurai of today, if only these principles and codes are seeded in our brains.

One thing I learned in watching these films is that their codes are followed religiously; principles defended with an iron grip; honor conveyed, but in the end of the day, in the eyes of the enemy, in the eyes of every problems we encounter, it is best to follow the way of the sword.

Thrust forward, or perish in dishonor.

Updated 01-28-2013 at 12:42 AM by moy1moy1



  1. fred1981's Avatar
    it can also be summarized in the word..."kaizen" continous improvement...discipline and perseveranee is often forgotten nowadays...people tend to look for "instants" and shortcuts...well, we share the same interest and i hope this mindset will aid us in life's endless battles... good luck to you sir!
  2. moy1moy1's Avatar
    ah! kaizen, I heard that term before in my management class. I once made it as my mantra in 'courting' the girl I liked before (and still am, lol), thinking continous "improvement" can also be applied to anything I pursue. I failed half-way and now I know why; it seems that I'm stabbed by my own thoughts! Thank you for the recall.


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