code of conduct for the warrior

i have no home – i make awareness my home.
i have no life or death – i make the tides of breathing my life and death.
i have no divine power – i make honesty my divine power.
i have no means – i make understanding my means.
i have no magic secrets – i make character my magic secret.
i have no body – i make endurance my body.
i have no strategy – i make “unshadowed by thought” my strategy.
i have no miracles – i make right action my miracles.
i have no principles – i make adaptability to all circumstances my principles.
i have no tactics – i make emptiness and fullness my tactics.
i have no talents – i make ready wit my talent.
i have no friends – i make my mind my friend.
i have no enemy – i make carelessness my enemy.
i have no armor – i make benevolence and righteousness my armor.
i have no castle – i make immovable mind my castle.
i have no sword – i make absence of self my sword.

- from the BUSHIDO, the code of conduct for the warrior (14th century) Japan

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