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The Samurai Ethic and Modern Japan

I read this book by Yukio Mishima a bit back, it's an analysis of the main themes of "Hagakure," a 1700's book of samurai philosophy.

Lots of thought provoking stuff in there. Not everything I agree with, but here's a few that I found interesting -

Page 22, Love is higher when undeclared:

The art romantic love as practiced in America involves declaring oneself, pressing one's suit, and making the catch. The energy genereated by love is never allowed to build up within but is constantly radiated outward. But paradoxically, the voltage of love is dissipated the instant it is transmitted. Contemporary youth are richly blessed with opportunities for romantic and sexual adventure that former generations never would have dreamed of. But at the same time, what lurks in the hearts of modern youth is the demise of what we know as romantic love.

Page 23, I don't agree this at all but it's a fascinating insight into prewar Japan:

Hacking Sleep: Sleep Less but Still feel Alert.

On Ideas


I love to sleep. I've slept easily 10 hours on average my life so far. Even though I love sleep I realize one thing:

Needless sleep has easily been the most unproductive thing I’ve done in my life.

Oversleeping is horrible. For one I find sleeping more than 9 hours a day usually begets more sleep, making you actually feel drowsier the majority of the day even though you technically slept more than enough. Furthermore sleeping extra just takes up time. sleeping 10 hours a day as opposed to 6 or 7 means I’m not awake for a whopping 90-110 hours a month. This adds up really quickly. Those extra 3 hours could be used to learn a language, programming, watch a good movie or documentary, exercise etc. Imagine everyday you had 1 more hour to spend learning vocabulary or studying? Imagine everyday you had 1 more hour to come up with a strategy for your business?

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