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Studying Patience

"The strong manly ones in life are those who understand the meaning of the word patience. Patience means restraining one's inclinations. There are seven emotions: joy, anger, anxiety, love, grief, fear, and hate, and if a man does not give way to these he can be called patient. I am not as strong as I might be, but I have long known and practiced patience. And if my descendants wish to be as I am, they must study patience." -Tokugawa Ieyasu

In the late 1400's, the ruling Ashikaga Shogunate of Japan became weak and lost its hold over the country. A many-sided civil war broke out, thus beginning the "Sengoku Period" - known as one of the most bloody and lawless periods in Japanese history, but also an era of some incredibly most heroic leadership.

Eventually, "Three Great Unifiers" came to power and ended the conflict through victory. These three were Oda Nobugana, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu.

In the end, Tokugawa Ieyasu won, and his family ruled Japan for the next 250 years. However, he's probably the least popular of the three great unifiers in Japan.

Nobunaga is popular for having an incredibly fierce, martial, masculine spirit. At one point, the warrior-monks of the Honganji allied themselves against Nobunaga and harried, harassed, and ambushed his armies. The Honganji provided supplies, spies, and information for Nobunaga's enemies and sometimes faced them in direct combat.

Musashi (Reflections On)

On Huan M. Nguyen

Because of the recommendations by Tynan and Sebastian Marshall, I picked up Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa.

It was well worth the time it took to finish nine hundred pages of well-written, gripping samurai action, love, and life lessons.

The following is a list of symptoms:

I use the word symptoms in jest, but if this list applies to you, then I'm positive that there are fiction books out there in every genre that have appealed to you immensely at some point. A few of mine are Ender's Game, any Forgotten Realms books, the Inheritance Saga (Eragon, and sequels), and many more.

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