In today’s terms, a man is either his own person or he is a follower of various ideologies that are self-serving and not designed for others. One can say that historically, a Ronin is a man who has believed to have dishonored the traditional means or code of conduct that is based on the cultural expectation for him to follow. One can also say that a rogue Ronin may have further separated his ways from the traditional means or code of conduct and is someone who has found his own moral code and honor to live the way he believes it to be in the best interest of those who trust him and depend on him for protection or livelihood.
When a man is born, he knows for certain he is going to die. How or when a man may die is unknown until that time comes but how a man lives is one of the most important things in his life and the lives of those around him. One has to appreciate the fact that life is not unpretentious and filled with challenges and fantasies. It evolves around the spirit of the mind, the heart and soul of what has become a completeness one could never understand unless he understands the psychological, philosophical and the spiritual foundations of how life is meant to be lived with honor, loyalty and the eventuality of death. This kind of kinetic energy is most valuable and appreciated up to the very end and gives comfort to those who believe in this manner of existing.
We all have a code to live by. We have chosen our own paths and destiny in the manner we devoted our lives around those things we valued and cared for the most. This is not a code that is inscribed on paper or stone but rather an unwritten code that is understood. Not a manuscript of chronicles or principles but a way of life we chose because of values such as loyalty, honor and self-discipline to know which road to take whenever faced with life’s adversities. Difficult to understand if someone had never followed these foundations of life and even more difficult to follow unless you lived these parables when spoken.
Words mean nothing without action. Action is based on the size of the heart, the courage within it and the willingness to commit to a cause or death whichever or whenever this may be the only choices before you. Living a lifecycle with duty, valor and the belief of God, the Almighty, can and has emboldened the heart to make and overcome difficult choices and take the high road rather than the corrupted journey. Nothing in this reality of life is related to the materialistic or possession world as this is about spiritual wealth and not those items which are considered earthly possessions or goods men have fought and died for over centuries of time.
A man should have the stability, temperament, intestinal fortitude and valor to put the needs of others before his own. This unselfishness is rewarded only with the comfort and peace of knowing they will be sent to a heavenly palace rather than the dreadful gates of Hell. Dedicated and willing to sacrifice whatever is theirs to give, they do so with the generous offerings of pride, humility and honor. Their willingness to commit their soul to the cause or reason for living is admirable and simplifies what a man should be before he dies.
Moral principles are molded by the nurturing and the values instilled by parents, mentors and teachers. There are vast paths of choices available to the mind if one was to search for the knowledge and insight to make life better for others rather than himself. It takes great self-discipline to understand and bond with this priceless foundation that is created with time and energy provided by those who guide a man towards the light rather than the darkness of this world.
Last but not least, there is the quality of compassion and kindness that we were taught as children when we socially and intuitively raised our family pet as companions giving us stronger values to enable us to express our love or desire for something or someone. Whether it be plant, animal or thing, we learn to take care of it.
We have also learned how to appropriately demonstrate our love, loyalty and kindness to our siblings, extended family and our circle of friends in this world as well as strangers. In order to fully appreciate what life has to offer one must open up this human heart to a reality to co-exist with others even though there are times when the heart yearns for a fanatical fictional fantasy or pleasant dream. A rigid mental attitude, an iron-willed focus and a constantly aware cognizance must exist to be able constantly think what is best for others and offer them an opportunity of life and the things we are all wanting to enjoy and love the most.
As with birth there comes death. A natural progression that is well understood and acceptable in most religions or cultures in today’s societies. Death may not be the final journey. In fact, death may be the beginning of life as we were meant to live it as immortals rather than the mere mortal souls we were when we were born. There is after all, an intimate connection that links life and death so closely together, that we must allow those dynamics which exist to order to better understand that life can be death and death can be a new life.
This link is the vitality of life. It should be a motivating flow of energy to keep your spirit alive even after death. Keeping in mind that death can occur at any time, your focus in life should be how to fulfill those qualities or values that instill loyalty, honor and duty. Loyalty, honor and duty to self and others. Knowing what your moral expectations are before your death ensures a better and more complete understanding of your purpose in life. It also eliminates many of your stressed caused anxieties while it promotes wellness. This is the key to the avoidance of such calamities and assures at the same time, your character, morally and physically, will improve as your virtues grow in time to give you the comforts you are looking for in life.
Having the comforts of life inside your mind and soul gives you the peace and the balance you are ready for tomorrow. You must have already accepted the fact that living forever can never be happen thus preparing you for death while preserving you memory, honor and loyalty intact with God and those who loved you. This may take place over a very long time or can come to you as soon as tomorrow. We do not know when death arrives but we do know it may come when our lives are actively seeking the completeness we search for every day we live on this earth. Only God knows when the search is over and the new life begins.
Seeking to find these values means to never fail. Although failure is a possibility, the spirit to never give up may offer you alternatives, adaptations or maneuvers which may improve your ability to be successful in those endeavors you seek. One has to always keep in mind that loyalty, duty and honor are the paths or righteousness to take whenever you have death in mind. To drift away from such values would mean losing your self-respect and wasted honor. We have already learned that life can be a fast moving storm and an occasional rare second chances in life might happen giving you an opportunity to regain this respect and affection from others as well as yourself by doing it all over again and proving your instilled values one more time.
Thus we look at our life time in a different light so we may restore our honorable form of life through the demonstration of love, loyalty, compassion and kindness for others to avoid a dishonorable death. This is the life you have chosen and this is how your life should end. In the expiration of our mortal life, we can only ask for forgiveness if we feel we fell short of what we valued how our life was to be lived. Only a fool does not recognize his shortcomings before death and asks God for His blessing and good will when the time has come to leave this world. One can only imagine what it would be like on the other side once we are gone from this dimensional world into the next. How we enter is based on where we have been.