As a student of both Iaido and Zen philosophy, I was fascinated to read the following excerpt from Gregory Irvine's reference work on 'The Japanese Sword'. It seems that I can't escape from the real world even in the pages of post-medieval Japan.

Go Rin No Sho

A hacker who hire out for legal ‘cracking’ jobs, snooping for factions in corporate political fights, lawyers pursuing privacy rights and First Amendment cases and other parties with legitimate reasons to need an electronic locksmith.

In 1991 mainstream media reported the existence of a loose-knit culture of samurai, mostly bright teenagers with personal micros; they have modelled themselves explicitly on the historical samurai of Japan… Those interviewed claim to adhere to a rigid ethical loyalty to their employers and to disdain vandalism and theft practised by criminal crackers as beneath them and contrary to the hacker ethic; some quote Miyamoto Musashi’s ‘Book of Five Rings’, a classic of historical samurai doctrine, in support of these principles.

Source - The Jargon Dictionary


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