Monday, September 13, 2010
Modern day Samurai
For example, I am loyal to my Sensei, but I am not blind in my loyalty. It is because of my respect for him as a person that I am loyal, not because of the belt he holds.
There are 6 other virtues of Bushido and I think we can take away valuable lessons from each of them.
Moving beyond the virtues themselves is the Samurai mindset. This is something deeper than the words can suggest.
A concept discussed over and over again as to why the Samurai were such effective warriors is because they embraced or accepted death every day and before any encounter. Having accepted death, the fear of it no longer caused hesitation, mental or physical. This made the warrior far more deadly and singular in purpose.
This concept or mindset is tough for some to accept. No one wants to accept death. Why would anyone take martial arts if they felt this way? Why learn to defend yourself in the first place if you're preparing to lose?
Searching deeper, the concept is not as foreign or absurd as it might first appear.
I think of the example of a parent defending a child. If a person's child was being hurt or attacked, that parent would defend him or her to the death. Do you think it would matter if the person attacking was a big burly biker? A knife wielding gang member? A bear?
Nope. Not one bit.
That parent would do whatever they could to save their child. And they would fight with a singular purpose, devoid of any fear or hesitation. And they would be fearsome and nearly unstoppable.
In this example, it's not really that the parent accepted death by a rational thought pattern. They didn't say to themselves "It's cool if I don't make it". They did however, have such singularity of purpose that nothing clouded the task at hand. And that makes them one of the most dangerous opponents I can think of.
It is for this reason that I believe that everyone should do absolutely everything they can to avoid a violent encounter. Know that there was nothing else you could do to avoid it. Then, if it comes, fight with a mind free of doubt or fear, singular in purpose and without the fear of defeat.
Modern day Samurai indeed.