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April 25, 2013 / Dale Melchin

The Bushido Code: Honour (名誉 meiyo)

Rather than go on a long doctoral dissertation about defining honour, I’m going give you several highly idealized examples from fiction and non fiction of honor.

Klingons:  In the Original Series they viewed the Federation as wimps.  They took what they wanted and viewed honor in battle as the highest value both then and in the Next Generation era.  In fact they were so badass that they would rather fight to the death against anyone rather than surrender.

Samurai: The badass knights of old Japan.  They would also rather embrace death than surrender.  They would fight an enemy and do their best to either kill or be killed.

Jedi:  Face the foe without regard for themselves and uphold the code even in death.

Even the Sith:  While the Sith have much less honor than the Jedi, they did have honor in that they were fearless in battle.

Patriots: Do whatever it takes to drive out Merry Old England.

We can also embrace the warrior mind while it isn’t as life risking, we can learn to disdain failure and embrace it as a possibility while we are pursuing our callings.  If we can get past the dip of the learning curve and fail forward, we can win.  You can win.

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