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Seven Virtues of Bushido  | 世界から見た日本
From this day forward, I have accepted to become Samurai. I’ll live by the code of the warriors (which is known as Bushido) I will follow the seven virtues of Bushido

Gi: Integrity/Rectitude
Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people. Believe in justice, not from your-self. To the true warrior, all points of view are deeply considered regarding honesty, justice and integrity. Rectitude means doing the right thing. It is important to always act in the ethical right. This refines your spirit, and makes you a more complete person. Warriors make a full commitment to their decisions.

Yu: Heroic Courage/Bravery
Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living at all. A true warrior must have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky. It is living life completely, fully, and wonderfully. Heroic courage is not blind. It is intelligent and strong. Courage and Bravery is standing in the face of injustice, and having the strength to do what is right. It is NOT stepping in where not needed, imposing yourself upon others. Bravery is also standing up for what you believe in.

Jin: Compassion
Through intense training and hard work the true warrior becomes quick and strong. They are not as most people. They develop a power that must be used for good. They have compassion. They help their fellow man at every opportunity. If an opportunity does not arise, they go out of their way to find one. Compassion has many dimensions. The first of which is the ability to see into a person’s situation without bias or prejudice. One must have compassion for the innocent to guard them from injustice. Compassion is also knowing when to not step in, not allowing them self to become a crutch to those who can stand on their own but won’t if no one makes them.

Rei: Respect/Courtesy
True warriors have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. Warriors are courteous even to their enemies. Warriors are not only respected for their strength in battle, but also by their dealings with others. To have courtesy is not always saying what people want to hear, but saying what must be said with respect and dignity. Courtesy is treating others as equals or superiors, no matter their true position, so as to show humility. The true strength of a warrior becomes apparent during difficult times.

Makoto: Honesty/Sincerity
When warriors say that they will perform an action, it is as good as done. Nothing will stop them from completing what they say they will do. They do not have to “give their word.” They do not have to “promise.” Speaking and doing are the same action.
Sincerity and truthfulness go hand-in-hand. Never lie to someone, even to make them feel better. Never misrepresent yourself or those in your charge. Always tell the most complete truth possible, no matter the consequences.

Chuugi: Duty/Loyalty
Warriors are responsible for everything that they have done and everything that they have said, and all of the consequences that follow. They are immensely loyal to all of those in their care. To everyone that they are responsible for, they remain fiercely true.
Never betray those who trust you. Never turn your back on your obligation. Never lie for another person, and never lie about them. Never reveal a hurtful truth to another. Never give out the secrets you’re given. This is loyalty.

Meiyo: Honor
Warriors have only one judge of honor and character, and this is themselves. Decisions they make and how these decisions are carried out is a reflection of whom they truly are. You cannot hide from yourself. Honor is the hardest to know. Honor is not causing a fight, nor is it found in revenge. Honor is not a medallion you show off to those who will listen. Honor is not tales of the past to impress those of the present. Honor is living with discipline, control, and humility. Honor is being Loyal, Sincere, Polite, Compassionate, Brave, and truly Righteous. Honor is NOT face! Often times, in taking a loss of face, an insult, without reaction or retaliation to it, one’s Honor grows!

Sincerity and truthfulness go hand-in-hand. Never lie to someone, even to make them feel better. Never misrepresent yourself or those in your charge. Always tell the most complete truth possible, no matter the consequences.

On the 25th day of October 2010, I leave my mark __________________________
For I am now Samurai











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