The Book of
Book - Strategy is the craft of the
warrior. Commanders must enact the craft, and troopers should know this Way.
There is no warrior in the world today who really understands the Way of
There are various Ways. There is the Way of salvation by the law of Buddha, the Way of Confucius governing the Way of learning, the Way of healing as a doctor, as a poet teaching the Way of Waka, tea, archery, and many arts and skills. Each man practices as he feels inclined.
It is said the warrior's is the twofold Way of pen and sword, and he should have a taste for both Ways. Even if a man has no natural ability he can be a warrior by sticking assiduously to both divisions of the Way. Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.
Although not only warriors but priests, women,
peasants and lowlier folk have been known to die readily in the cause of duty or
out of shame, this is a different thing. The warrior is different in that
studying the Way of strategy is based on overcoming men. By victory gained in
crossing swords with individuals, or enjoining battle with large numbers, we can
attain power and fame for ourselves or for our lord. This is the virtue of
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