Saturday, 19 May 2012

now I am become death

The Way of the Samurai is found in death.
 Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily.
 Every day, when one's body and mind are at peace,
 One should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears, and swords, being carried away by surging waves,
 Being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake,
 Falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one's master.
 And every day, without fail, one should consider himself as dead.
 This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai.
 — The Hagakure

Now I Am Become Death

This is a war universe. War all the time. That is its nature. There may be other universes based on all sorts of other principles, but ours seems to be based on war and games. All games are basically hostile. Winners and losers. We see them all around us: the winners and the losers. The losers can oftentimes become winners, and the winners can very easily become losers. "The War Universe", William S Burroughs

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