The first chapter of "Hagakure", musings of a Samurai,
written in the 17th century.
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Although it stands to reason that a samurai should be
mindful of the Way of the Samurai, it would seem that we
are all negligent. Consequently, if someone were to ask,
"What is the true meaning of the Way of the Samurai?"
the person who would be able to answer promptly is rare.
This is because it has not been established in one's mind
beforehand. From this, one's unmindfulness of the Way
can be known.