Lesson: Warriors have only one judge of honor and character, and this is themselves. Decisions they make and how these decisions are carried out is a reflection of who they truly are.
Meditation: You cannot hide from yourself.
Musings: Honor is the crown a true Warrior wears. It is a sign of his nobility just as a royal robe or a scepter is a sign of monarchy. Without this virtue, a Warriors is nothing more than a highly trained killer, no different from any other soldier. Bushido in not merely a set of guidelines; it is a noble code of living! Without honor, however, everything unravels. Honor is what binds all the other qualities and what gives the true Warriors their nobility. Honor is what makes true Warriors stand straight and walk tall; it is they who hold themselves to this high standard. All glory due a true Warrior begins and ends with a deep sense of honor. A true Warrior will choose death rather than allow shame to besmirch such glory.