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RE: The Code of the Warrior

by Crulx (Monk)
on May 23, 2000 at 22:22 UTC ( #14422=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The Code of the Warrior

I happened to like the post more than some of the others around here. *grin* Many of them seemed to miss the Tao Teh Ching references.

That being said, you seem to miss the point of Wu-wei. You cannot, by action, give or make yourself into these things you are talking about. They must come from your inate nature. I would have writtent this differently, such as.

I have no style. How then, can you perceve my pattern?
I have no knowledge. I see things as they are.
I have no skills. And yet, there is nothing I cannot do.
I have no understanding. And yet, I know everything true nature.
I have no strength. But none can defeat me.
I have no power. But like water, none can harm me.
I have no future. I live for the moment.
I have no past. For I come from nowhere.
I have no thirst for knowledge. For there is nothing to learn.

Something a bit more like that would have been more true to the TTC or Zen. The point is just to be who you are, and not try to force yourself into something by "making" yourself into it. This is about as OT as I have get around here, other than that I think that sort of philosophy maps very well on to coding.

Thanks for the poem spectre.

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RE: RE: The Code of the Warrior
by spectre (Scribe) on Jun 21, 2000 at 01:50 UTC
    The poem is actually a quote from a 14th century samurai regarding what he thought it took to be a warrior - I think from a strictly zen standpoint yours is better, but, I think from the perspective of what makes a disciplined, hard working person, "making" yourself do things is really the only way. Regards, spectre

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