Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Japanese Philosophy

A good friend of mine lent me this book called The Book Of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi. I immediately got into the book on the spot as I started reading it, even though I mainly read fiction.

Miyamoto Musashi (who is shown in the pic) was literally the most well-known and most powerful samurai in Japanese history. His book mainly consists of words of strategy, leadership, and warrior and life philosophy. It sits right up with Sun Tzu's The Art of War.

I found some pieces of advice and philosophies that I'd like to share with all of you. Not only does it apply to martial arts and warrior swordsmanship, but it can also apply to life, in general, even though these are values from several centuries ago.

The Way Of Walking Alone (or The Way of Self-Reliance)

  • Do not turn your back on the various Ways of this World.
  • Do not scheme for physical pleasure.
  • Do not intend to rely on anything.
  • Consider yourself lightly; consider the world deeply.
  • Do not think on acquisitive terms.
  • Do not regret things about your own personal life.
  • Do not envy another's good or evil.
  • Do not lament parting on any road whatsoever.
  • Do not complain or feel bitterly about yourself or others.
  • Have no heart for approaching the path of love.
  • Do not have preferences.
  • Do not harbor hopes for your own personal home.
  • Do not have a liking for delicious food for yourself.
  • Do not carry antiques handed down from generation to generation.
  • Do not fast so that it affects you physically.
  • While it's different with military equipment, do not be fond of material things.
  • While on the Way, do not begrudge death.
  • Do not be intent on possessing valuables or a fief in old age.
  • Respect the gods and Buddhas, but do not depend on them.
  • Though you give up your life, do not give up your honor.
  • Never depart from the Way of Martial Arts.
  • Think without any dishonesty.
  • Forge yourself in the Way.
  • Touch upon all the arts.
  • Know the Ways of all occupations.
  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of everything.
  • Develop a discerning eye in all manners.
  • Understand what cannot be seen by the eye.
  • Pay attention to even small things.
  • Do not involve yourself with the impractical.

Seems like a lot of rules, doesn't it? And it seems like you have to give up a lot of what basically makes us human, right?

Not true. He gave us these rules for a reason. And what do each of these mean, and how can you apply them to your life?

Nope, I won't tell you. I kinda see this as a self-journey, like the title of the list says. So just like I'm doing so, you must know this for yourself, too. I wish you the best on this self-journey. :)

Book source:

Musashi, Miyamoto, and William Scott Wilson. The Book Of Five Rings. Bunkyo-ku: Kodansha International, 2002. Print.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ironic Faith In A Depressing Country

I have been job-hunting like rabbits making babies for this past month. Nasty way to compare this, I know, but it's true.

I have first applied pretty much all over town, anywhere I can commute to by bus after school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I hit a seperate part of town or shopping center each and everyday. Even with the busy schedule I just got from school, I'm still looking for work. Like today.

It was over 90 degrees Farenheit today. Luckly, I was smart and didn't wear jeans and jacket like yesterday. I went with shorts and t-shirt and sandals. Had my backpack for a homework assignment I had to do observing people's non-verbal communication, as well as psychology homework and a novel to pass the time. I only had a small bag of doritos and a room-temperature bottle of water. No money to buy a soda or anything. I took the bus from home all the way to the mall. By around 8:30 am, it was already pretty toasty. I was able to get inside the mall, though, where I would be applying to work after doing my observation assignment at a nearby Starbucks, first. (Good thing no one noticed I was observing their actions. lol).

The mall is creepy as hell when it's over 99% empty. It got people in by around 10:30ish. I started applying for work at around 11 am when all the stores were open. All of them.

Many turned me down. Many gave me applications. Some are hiring. The rest told me to apply online. When they told me only that they're taking applications and they don't tell me anything else, I can already tell that they're not hiring, at the moment. I wish they'd just tell me that instead of doing that to me. Their tone of voice and facial expression gives it away, too. Either way, it hurts.

I pretty much went through all of the mall. Both floors from left to right sides.

I was dead tired by the time I made it back home. It wasn't easy getting back, though, since I missed the bus. I took another bus, and had to do a bit of extra walking, but I made it home. When I got back, all I wanted to do was eat lunch, and sleep for a long time, which I did. But then I had to wake up to do chores around the house, which I didn't mind doing as long as they were done quickly so I could relax.

I may be going through hell in this depressing country right now, but I don't care how bad it is. There's plenty of places right now to look into, and I'm gonna keep going until I get something.

I'll just keep turning the page in this book of life. And if nothing in this book, then I'll keep going into more books.

Ironic that I won't quit no matter how bad this gets, huh?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pointless Destruction

I owe this blog entry to Metallica and their song, One.

Song link:

As you can tell, I had just listened to this song today. It's based on a novel called Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo. In both the novel and the song, a man named Johnny goes into war, only to be almost killed. He survives, but completely injured to the point where he loses his legs, arms, and face. He literally can't do anytyhing on his own, not even speak or breathe. He eventually builds a bond with a nurse whom he asks her to kill him for her to end the misery. In the story, he also wants to be displayed around the world so people can see the horrors of the wars.

Why the hell do we fight amongst each other? Why can't we all get along and share? Why can't we accept we have our differences? Why can't we all not do stupid stuff within out own countries to the point where it ends up bringing in other countries to stop them and it all ends up in war?

Do any soldiers even know what they're fighting for? Why can't the government go on the front line themselves if they wanna war so bad? So what if you're old? If you want war, do it yourself instead of wasting the many young men and women who don't deserve to die.

Look what we also cause here: war within ourselves because of what each of us different individuals feel about war. Guess what that causes? More war!

Because of the politics and opinions in war, we lose money for this country that we could use for other ways to help ourselves or even the world. We'd be able to protect our own people, our own children who are under attack of disease, violence, and sexual abuse. The real war is within our own countries. But either way, we also need to solve the wars in our own ground. We just need to end our violence now! End the racism, end all the evil and violence in this war. Live in peace, harmony, and Utopian society. Or we'll all become...


Sunday, August 1, 2010

A Glint Of Steel And A Beacon Of Light

I've been depended on for some time, even since I joined the cyber world. So many have trusted me with secrets that would've normally gone to the grave, and it brings so much honor to my heart and makes me blush at the same time. lol.

But there are times when it can get too tiring. Like many have told me, I can't take on the job on being a therapist, not without a college degree, at least.

That doesn't mean I can't take on the job of being a supportive friend.

I don't care how tiring it gets. I strongly believe God put me on earth for this very purpose, and by God, I'm gonna fulfill my destiny. I love doing it, after all, helping those that trust me and no one else.

To this day, I don't know what it is that draws people to me like fireflies. It's my inviting charismatic aura, that much I know, for sure. But I can't even sense it, myself. Sometimes, I don't even feel like I do enough considering I lived a pretty sheltered life. But that doesn't matter to them, especially since my common sense can be just as powerful, too.

So I'm gonna keep going at it for life. Keep doing my rewarding job. Even if it doesn't come with pay and benefits. Friendship and love, that's my reward.