What are the Samurai Spirit? ~ The Last Samurai got me think.
Every time I go to the convenience stores, I find the new snack that I have never seen. I instantly get excited, buy one and decide that I will get the same one next time. But then I cant find it ever again. I think that this explains how our current society works.
As you guys know, 侍 (Samurais) no longer exist in this world. They had to “be dead” in the period where we were trying to catch up with the civilized society at that time. In the movie, “Katsumoto” who, we call was Last Samurai, who fought for his honor until the end, not being afraid of his death. In WWⅡ, Japanese people were beaten and many were dead, however, the fact that many of them are still famous for that “Samurai” Spirit as well as Katsumoto. After WWⅡ, within 20 years Japan became one of the most developed countries that were even able to hold the Olympics. And. In 2011. The big earthquake hit the Northern /Eastern part of Japan, where it broke many things that we have created only by a few seconds. But people in there never give up and try to stand up again, as I would call “Samurai” Spirit.
I am sure this Spirit is considered as “old” by many Japanese people, especially young ones today as if it was something that is kind of out of date. I started to find the charms in shrines or temples that are really old, and people think I am too young for liking them. But. who in the world made us believe that something new is always good? Dont get me wrong though, I admit, just like when Samurais had to go extinct, there are moments where we have to give up on something new, it is the natural flow of the eras. However, don’t you think that our mind is tossed around by the new materials that keep changing a bit too much? The difference I find, between people who have Samurai Spirit and those who don’t is “The faith”.
The faith that one never gives up, that never gets influenced by the surroundings, that can fight for what he loves.
I admire Samurais, and their spirit that are eternal and always will be. I hope that more and more people never forget the good parts of the things that are old, even when the time goes by, and everything has changed. because that is what I believe Samurais, old people wanted to carry on to us.
Thank you for reading!