24th January 2004, 02:27 AM
Do Samurai exist in the modern day?
I am new to this forum and for the past couple of weeks I have spent time reading the different ideas from people and their views on Bushido.
I was disapointed to one day read that someone wrote that "You can not be Samurai anymore" It was not the words that dissapointed me it was the fact that it was stated to someone else. In my view no one has this right, for this is just another form of control, it is indocternation.
It was what the film the matrix was all about.
When I was a young boy training at about the age of nine I once asked my Master, When do you become a warrior?
His reply was said with a stern tone, "When you start acting like one"
So you see it is my beleif that it is an internal experience, It may be an act of disapline but it can be achieved.
I am not dissolutioned I do not believe that you can walk about the common street wearing your sword by your side. Things change things always change
and this is no longer possible. But acting and conducting yourself in a respectful and honurable manner is still within our grasp.
How could this be wrong?
The question of is it possible to be samurai in the modern day is not important, it is all a matter of perception.
24th January 2004, 02:53 AM