CODE OF BUSHIDO
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.
• 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.
• Demonstrate Courage for the right cause.
• Knowing what is right and doing it shows Courage. Not doing it shows lack of Courage.
• Show mercy when Justice requires it.
• Show kindness when one needs it.
• When one has nothing left, give Respect.
• When one deserves it, give Respect.
• Your word must be sufficient. No promise is necessary.
• Mean what you say. Say what you mean.
• Be Honest and behave with Integrity.
• At the end, all you have is your Reputation.
• A sense of Honor is your Moral Conscience.
• Act without shame or regret.
• 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.