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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