The Seven Virtues of Bushido
In consideration of the divisiveness created by the current U.S. Presidential race, we wanted to share something a bit more centered and uplifting, the virtues of Bushido.
The Bushido code is typified by seven virtues (as visioned by Nitobe Inazo):
- Rectitude (義 gi) – morally correct behavior
- Courage (勇 yū) – strength in the face of fear and adversity
- Benevolence (仁 jin) – a disposition to do the good, right thing
- Respect (禮 rei) – actions and conduct to others reflecting esteem and deference
- Honesty (誠 makoto) – high principles in telling the truth
- Honour (名誉 meiyo) – quality of worthiness and respectability
- Loyalty (忠義 chūgi) – strong feeling of allegiance, support, and devotion
Nitobe Inazō (新渡戸 稲造, September 1, 1862 – October 15, 1933) was a Japanese agricultural economist, author, educator, diplomat, politician, and Christian during the pre-World War II period. By published by 東洋文化協會 (The Eastern Culture Association) – The Japanese book “幕末・明治・大正 回顧八十年史” (Memories for 80 years, Bakumatsu, Meiji, Taisho), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32816856.
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