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Muda

“Bushido is realized in the presence of death. This means choosing death whenever there is a choice between life and death. There is no other reasoning.”

Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Ever since I can remember I have been in love with the Orient, China & Japan, the culture and history has always left me dazed. I am not much of a historian nor can I dictate certain known philosophies from these amazing civilisations. I can, however, tell you of what I do know and it mainly surrounds the way of the warrior better known as Bushido. Now, there have been many, many western films that have besmirched and ridiculed the majesty and tradition of these cultures.

If you watch most films these days concerned with Japan or China’s history it is an utter mockery. I hate these films, where there is a blundering fool who clearly is of western heritage and no warrior but is the hero, the indiginous people are badly dubbed and are made to look inferior to the western fool. A few films spring to mind but the whole point is the philosophy and etiquette.

I love the Samurai, even more so I love Ninjas, according to the culture and philosophy they are lowly servants. This always confused me, how can something this awesome with so much skill be discarded at a moments notice, the whole point of a Samurai is to die, same goes for a ninja. Tell me, where is the soul in that? Whenever I hear that a Samurai must end his life, Harakiri, out of shame or defeat I could never get my head around that. Seriously speaking, killing yourself like that was an utter waste or as the Japanese would say Muda.

Personally I wouldn’t want a samurai of mine dead after defeat, nor do I think defeat is death. You learn from mistakes, I would take the opportunity of defeat to remove the waste in my life, to become better. If you were unfit and, lets say socially inhibited, felt the need to improve you’d change. You’d hopefully want a better lifestyle, look into exercise and healthy eating. You have all read something similar to what I’m saying before but its all dependant on application.

I’m going to apply the principal of Muda to my website, if I find the need to remove waste in order to improve features then you will see a change. Some things certainly are working but as this website grows it contents will readily be modified. So just keep watching this space and things are bound to improve.