As I already explained you more than once before, I’m going to work by train. It’s easier that way since the customer I’m currenly working for is located in a city were traffic has become a jungle.
Now in order to ease my pain of going by train (whoa that was and unexpected rhyme), I started reading again. Right now I’m reading Hagakure. I don’t know if you heard about it?
You can think of it as a manual for the samurai. It’s a sort of spiritual guide for a warrior. It says how he should act, walk, behave, feel, etc…
Hagakure means “hidden under leaves” or “hidden leaves”…
The original book holds more than 1300 chapters (which frankly, is a little much to carry around on the train). My version of the book only holds 200 pages. Although most things in this book seem very harsh (there is a lot said about committing ritual suicide), there really are a few nice quotes in there that are very true.
A few examples:
“Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. Neither wisdom nor technique has a place in this. A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. By doing this, you will awaken from your dreams. “
As I already said.. Rather harsh.. but really.. Think about it? This basically says: live your dreams and stand for what you believe in. Never let anyone change your mind.
“A samurai will use a toothpick even though he has not eaten. Inside the skin of a dog, outside the hide of a tiger. “
As I said.. Guidelines for the samurai, there are also guidelines in there that will define how one should act properly.
“Whether people be of high or low birth, rich or poor, old or young, enlightened or confused, they are all alike in that they will one day die. It is not that we don’t know that we are going to die, but we grasp at straws. While knowing that we will die someday, we think that all the others will die before us and that we will be the last to go. Death seems a long way oft . “
Another rather harsh but true quote. Be at peace with yourself and life. Take moments as they come and accept the course of nature.
I think, just maybe, if we would all apply a few of these guidelines, the world would indeed be an entirely different place…
If you care to read a few more, you can check this link.