The First Samurai [Todd]

Thursday, January 29, 2009
I've always been fascinated with samurai, but until a few years ago never really understood them.

I knew they were the ancient military nobility in Japan. I knew they had cool weapons. I knew their training was amazingly intense and that they displayed remarkable, almost supernatural, calm under pressure. I knew that they could kill you in a thousand ways before breakfast and that they were the most feared warriors in history. I knew they were heavily influenced by the philosophy of Zen.

But there was a lot I didn't know.

I didn't know that the word samurai actually means "servant". I didn't know that their philosophy of Bushido (literally "the way of the warrior") actually emphasizes peace. I didn't know that they were trained to be quicker to die for right than to kill for it. I didn't know that they only fought when they had to fight.

But, man, when they had to fight....

Sometimes it's hard to know what's worth fighting for. And how hard to fight. And what weapons to use. And when.

When to be a peacemaker and when to be a warrior. When to turn the other cheek and when to pick up the sword.

That's what our upcoming series "The Warrior" is all about. If you have a man in your life - brother, friend, husband, colleague, partner - get him here for this series. Because while every man dies, not every man truly lives.

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