The forgotten children of Checenia. Life in Grozny. Picture taken by Musa Sadulajew.

The forgotten children of Checenia. Life in Grozny. Picture taken by Musa Sadulajew.
The forgotten children of Checenia. Life in Grozny. Picture taken by Musa Sadulajew.

2 - The Honour of Samurai as learnt by Takashi Matsuoka

In the ancient Japan society of the XVI/XVII centuries the Samurais has almost reached their top point in the scale of social and military power. Nobody in Japan of that era could show more power than a Samurai. Even the same Emperor of Japan must rely on the Samurais power to maintain his own power. Because Samurais were just warriors.

The Shogun of Kyoto is the most powerful man in Japan in that very same moment. Nobody could stop him, unless a group of Samurais decided to do so. But nobody wanted to do it from inside.  The dramatic fall of the Samurais kingdom only happens due to a war with an external enemy coming from another country.

However until this power it is not defeated people in Japan must respect any Samurais that could cross their roads. When a Samurai was outside his house, crossing or walking a village or a town, any people meeting him should bend on their knees in sign of respect. People cannot talk to him or even watch at him unless requested to do so. In the event that somebody has the shameless to watch at a Samurai while he was passing through the streets of the town he can only expect one thing: to be stroked at death.

The physical power of a samurai resided in his sword, the blade of his sword better known as "catana". He has the power of "Life or Death" on any person living in the towns owning to the territory of his military administration. Even a rich banker, which probably was borrowing money to the Samurai because most of the time the Samurai needed a lot of money to maintain his army of warriors, even a banker, we said, should bend his knees if he met a Samurai during a walk onto the street. If the banker didn't do so, it was highly probable that by only one hit of catana the Samurai cut his head.

I wonder if in our times this "Law of the Samurais" could be useful to solve so many problems caused by an economical crisis mostly created by bankers. I know, it is hard to say it, but probably the reason because bankers of our times behaved and continue to behave like perfect criminals is because they are sure to be untouchable. They have no fear even to be jailed because they think that any of their problems can be solved by the power of their money.

But if they were sure there is a Samurai on their own way to be met, then I think that never they could have created the biggest crisis of our contemporary times.

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