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External Focused Morality

I read "The Samurai Ethic and Modern Japan" by Yukio Mishima recently. Fascinating book - it's an analysis and review of Hagakure, a 17th century book of samurai ethics.

Lots of interesting ideas. Many I disagree with. But none more fascinating than this one - Mishima writes about externally-focused morality.

Page 60:

In Hagakure it says, "A samurai must never seem to flag or lose heart."

This remark suggests that it is a defect to seem to flag, to seem disheartened. The most important thing is that a samurai not manifest externally his disappointment or fatigue.

Boston Red Sox: Start of the 2013 MLB Season

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Last season, I was bored one day and decided I would start following an MLB team. After spending a few hours online and eliminating teams, I settled on the Boston Red Sox. They ended up finishing 69-93, their worst record since 1965. Drama encompassed the season, leading to the firing of manager Bobby Valentine right after the end. A significant portion of the team was loaded off close to the end of the season in order to create a new imagine of the team.

Now, I completely admit that I am more of an "artificial" fan, but that won't stop me from supporting them this upcoming season. As the 2013 season is about to begin, it's about time I give a little preview of what to expect for the Red Sox. I know there has already been a few games played, but screw it.

Pitching

Last season, the Red Sox had a 5.19 ERA, good for fourth worst in the league. The introduction of manager John Farrell (former Toronto Blue Jays manger) shows a sign to help the Red Sox become a better pitching team. Farrell used to be the pitching coach of the Red Sox under Terry Francona and is hence familiar with the organization. Ryan Dempster from the Texas Rangers will be the only new face in the starting rotation that also consists of Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, John Lackey, and "ace" Jon Lester.

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