CODE OF BUSHIDO

CODE OF BUSHIDO
Updated Interpretation

The book Bushido: The Soul of Japan by Inazo Nitobe is considered a classic. It was originally written around the year 1900 (several different dates are given) and this is an attempt to update interpretations of the main components of Bushido.

The Code provides a guide. It’s up to the individual to live up to the Code.

JUSTICE

• Righteousness is a path.
• Choose the right path with reason and do not waiver.
• It is one’s duty (“giri”) to do right, especially when it is difficult.

COURAGE

• Demonstrate Courage for the right cause.
• Knowing what is right and doing it shows Courage. Not doing it shows lack of Courage.

BENEVOLENCE

• Show mercy when Justice requires it.
• Show kindness when one needs it.

COURTESY

• When one has nothing left, give Respect.
• When one deserves it, give Respect.

SINCERITY

• Your word must be sufficient. No promise is necessary.
• Mean what you say. Say what you mean.
• Be Honest and behave with Integrity.

HONOR

• At the end, all you have is your Reputation.
• A sense of Honor is your Moral Conscience.
• Act without shame or regret.

LOYALTY

• Loyalty must be earned, not demanded.
• Loyalty does not mean sacrificing your own conscience.
• Be loyal to someone or something because you want to, not because you have to.

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