A friend gave me tips about Twitter because he knows I am Urban Samurai. And he was disappointed that my Twitter use wasn’t as good as my Facebook. They are two different mediums and I use them as one. There is a lesson in that, but that lesson is for another day.
They told me to do a Twitter search for the word Hagakure…and then strike up conversations with people about it. I did this for one day then stopped. It felt too forced. Or subtly forced if that makes sense. But in that one day, I met an amazing person. His name is Jarred Mann…or as I know him…Digitt.
We started to talk regularly on Twitter. And I now consider him a friend. He’s wildly talented musically. He’s a thinker. He’s a writer. And he wrote this…and I pass it along to you…untouched.
I can’t do anything. This person I want to meet. Friends. Music. Girls. My assignments that are due. My whole life ends when I relapse.
“The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance.
To say that dying without reaching one’s aim is to die a dog’s death is the frivolous way of sophisticates. When pressed with the choice of life or death, it is not necessary to gain one’s aim.
We all want to live. And in large part we make our logic according to what we like. But not having attained our aim and continuing to live is cowardice. This is a thin dangerous line. To die without gaining one’s aim is a dog’s death and fanaticism. But there is no shame in this. This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai. If by setting one’s heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he pains freedom in the Way. His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.”
- Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure (In the Shadow of the Leaves)
Digitt’s music is great. You can hear it here…
You can read his blog here…