Patriots Are

Patriots (shishi) have a goal to reach; they are gentlemen who consistently keep their integrity. From the start, they have preparedness before poverty; they don’t forget to think fondly of even eventually rolling into a ditch to die of starvation… Having this resolve once, they have nothing to want of people, nothing to desire in the world. Triumphantly, their vision should encompass Heaven and Earth, past and present.
The Second Year of Ansei, The Twenty First Day of August. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”

31日志士とは
志士とは志達ありて節操を守る士なり。節操を守る士は、困窮するは固より覚悟の前にて、早晩も飢餓して溝谷へ転死することを念ひて忘れず。(中略)此の志一たび立ちて、人に求むることなく世に願ふことなく、昂然として天地古今を一視すべし。
安政二年八月二十一日講孟箚記」

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