The path walked alone
January 13th, 2019
The Dokkōdō was written by Musashi.
Musashi’s Dokkōdō is not the guide for life, but a guide for his life. The timelessness of the Dokkōdō lies both in its simplicity and complexity — a trademark of ancient Eastern texts which contrasts sharply with ancient Western texts. It has become a foundation for expressing that which only a Master could intuit into written word, and perhaps only that which a budding master could interpret.
Like the Dokkodo, this is my list of 21 precepts. This was written in my early thirties. I will update this over time.
- First, do no harm.
- Don’t do to others what you don’t want done to you.
- Do nothing without skin in the game.
- Doctrine today, dogma tomorrow.
- You must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Do not lecture birds on how to fly.
- The parts do not make the whole, rather the whole makes the parts.
- Correlation is not causation and correlation is not correlation.
- There is no shortcut to Mastery.
- Once you have mastered a Way, you will see the Way in all things.
- The Way that can be articulated is not the true Way.
- Everything flows from orientation.
- Take all things to their natural conclusion.
- Good and evil is a perspective.
- The real world defies logic.
- What is shown to be false cannot be true.
- Become empty of all views.
- Everything changes.
- There is virtue in not stagnating.
- Action over theory.
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