Code of Bushido

Justice:Lies Corrupt the soul and distract the mind from honest persuits, something a true Samurai cannot abide. When confronted with criminal behavior, a samurai must see justice done. It is his duty.

Courage:Courage is particularly valued, as if one does not show his own courage he could not bring it out within others. Fear is for the weak of mind, and those who have no faith in their strength.

Benevolence:One must be strong and noble. Mistreatment of those beneath one’s own standing is a sign of weakness. A samurai cares for and protects those beneath him, just as his own lord sees to his own needs.

Respect:The Samurai is a civilized warrior. In addition to the art of the sword a samurai is a master of etiqette, history, and culture. To treat another with rudeness or disrespect is to abandon that which makes one worthy of the title. Without courtesy, even towards one’s enemies, a man is little more than an animal.

Sincerity:There is no difference between what a samurai says and what he does. If one says that one will perform a certain act, that act is as good as done. It has nothing to do with honesty or dishonesty, merely the fact that word as well as deed, is an extension of a mans honor.

Honour:External judgement is meaningless to the samurai. The true measure of worth comes only from within. If a man is true to himself and makes decision that come from his own sense of right, then he cannot be dishonorable.

Loyalty: The most important factor in a samurai’s life is his duty. Loyalty to one’s lord and the execution of the duties which he is charges define what it means to be a samurai. Failure in either respect is unforgiveable and often is grounds for being excommunicated and made Ronin, or worse.

Code of Bushido

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