Fine Art Printby Marlene Healey
I was looking for one of my The Art of War translations. I found instead The Book of Five Rings (BOFR) by Miyamoto Musashi (translated by Thomas Cleary).
If you are not familiar with these books they are immensely enjoyable in their simplicity. But this simplicity belies the extraordinary wisdom--wisdom that is applicable to every aspect of life. If you are an active trader, you would welcome these books into your arsenal. The market is surely every bit as dangerous as the battlefield for those traders putting their capital at risk each day. So preparatory mental and physical wisdom for the warrior would benefit the trader, I think!
BOFR was written in 1643. The translator's preface (xiii) notes that there are
two essential elements of ancient martial and strategic traditions:
- The first of these basic principles is keeping inwardly calm and clear even in the midst of violent chaos;
- The second is not forgetting about the possibility of disorder in times order.
Seems to have some applicability to current times.
There are many quotables in this book. But there was something from p. 16 (from the author, not the translator's preface as before) that I wanted to share with you:
- Think of what is right and true.
- Practice and cultivate the science.
- Become acquainted with the arts.
- Know the principles of the crafts.
- Understand the harm and benefit in everything.
- Learn to see everything accurately.
- Become aware of what is not obvious.
- Be careful even in small matters.
- Do not do anything useless.
I'll post more of these in the future. There is rarely any new wisdom in the world--merely new experience that can be guided and informed by old wisdom. Unfortunately, I sometimes think that many believe that old wisdom is obsolete. I'm not in that camp.