Values and The Bushido Code





The Bushido Code and its values was first masssively popularized by Nitobe Inazo in his book Bushido: The Soul of Japan; but references to them exist as early as more than a thousand years prior.

There are today seven virtues of Bushido (gi-rectitude, yu-courage, jin-benevolence, rei-respect, makato or shin-honesty, meiyo-honor, chugi-loyalty); and three associated virtues (ko-filial piety, chi-wisdom, and tei-care for the aged)

The following brief definitions are from Wiktionary:

RECTITUDE - straightness; rightness of principle or practice; exact conformity to truth or to the rules prescribed for moral conduct

COURAGE - quality of confident character not to be afraid or intimidated easily

BENEVOLENCE - disposition to do good; charitable kindness; altrustic gift or act

RESPECT - attitude of consideration or high regard; good opinion, honor, admiration

HONESTY - to be truthful

HONOR - the objectivication of praisworthiness; to show respect

LOYALTY - unswerving allegiance; faithful; fidelity

FILIAL PIETY - respect owed to ones parents and ancestors

WISDOM - the ability to make decisions based on the combination of knowledge, experience, intuitive understanding

CARE FOR THE AGED

The Bushido Code was popularized in 1899 but references to these values exist as early as a thousand years before.





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