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.”


Those Who Are Bushi

Respect in other words is preparation. In bushido, this is called preparedness. In the Analects, it is written we should act “as if seeing an important celebrity leaving from the gate.” This is an explanation of respect. In the Wuzi it is written “From the time one leaves the gate, act as if you see your enemies.” This is an explanation of preparation. All together, this is the way of preparedness. Respect and preparation are the opposite of laziness. Laziness in other words is negligence. Those who are bushi (knights) should usually have preparedness in daily life and have nothing like negligence.
The Third Year of Ansei, After August. “”The Complete Book of Teachings for Warriors: A Record of Lectures.”