Hagakure, Chapter One – Planning and Preparation

“Among the maxims on Lord Naoshige’s wall there was this one: ”Matters of great concern should be treated lightly.” Master lttei commented, “Matters of small concern should be treated seriously.” Among one’s affairs there should not be more than two or three matters of what one could call great concern. If these are deliberated upon during ordinary times, they can be understood. Thinking about things previously and then handling them lightly when the time comes is what this is all about. To face an event and solve it lightly is difficult if you are not resolved beforehand, and there will always be uncertainty in hitting your mark. However, if the foundation is laid previously, you can think of the saying, “Matters of great concern should be treated lightly,” as your own basis for action.”

(Hagakure, Tsunetomo, Trans. Wilson, 2000, p27)

Phenomenal.  This verse (No. 21) shows the value of proper planning and preparation, it echoes the advice found in many modern books upon the subject. Hearing the advice reflected back from the past is really satisfying.

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Chivalry-Now The Code of Male Ethics

The author of this book, D. Joseph Jacques, is a man who feels that civil society is not teaching it citizens how to live in a just manner. This book Is his attempt to help rectify this.

The book revolves around a code of ethics that the author calls ‘The Twelve Trusts‘. Although seemingly simple upon first glance the author invites us to explore their deeper meanings by devoting a chapter to each one.

This is a thought inspiring work which has the potential to change the reader’s life for the better. It encourages us to consider our daily actions and challenges us to make amends where fault is found.

It is a book that inspires the reader to live a more noble and just life and strengthens the reader so as not to fall pray to the mind numbing propaganda that is fed to us on a daily basis.

As the title suggests it is a text aimed at men, but I believe that the tenets it holds dear are equally valid for both sexes.

If the knights of Arthurian myth make your heart ache with longing, I wholeheartedly recommend that you buy this book and begin to bring your dreams alive.

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