The Living Age Volume 226

The Living Age Volume 226

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...sent for the child and showed the head to him; and the boy, perceiving the mistake, and that the assassins must be upheld in it, pulled out of his belt the poniard, which the sons of the samurai wore even at that tender age, and gave his unspoken lie the indisputable authority of despair by plunging it into his own entrails and falling dead before the ghastly countenance. No people has ever gone farther in the stern cult of death. Buddhism, though reproving suicide as a childish subterfuge on the part of a man confronted by destiny, did, nevertheless, weaken the ties that bind him to the external world; and it was to the doctrines of Confucius most of ail that the Japanese owed their sombre penchant for self-murder. It was not that they regarded death as a deliverer. The notion that they would get another and a happier existence in exchange for their last sigh, would have marred in their eyes the equity of the transaction. They derived from the Confucian philosophy only the rudiments of an imperious positivism. The hoary sage who disliked Buddhism deeply, and resolutely warded off its dreamy LlVlNG AGE. VOL. Vlll. 424 speculations, made a virtue of their very philosophic impotence. They went beyond that renowned master of ethics, and, too proud to question one who will not speak, regarding it as almost indecent to peer into the blackness of the tomb, they asked of death only an unequivocal attestation that honor bad been satisfied and duty done. For them, therefore, death put off its dread apparel of grief and anxiety. They stripped it of all disquieting associations, but it was no more a luxury to them than was love. They were not carried away by it as in a whirlpool. They made it a custom, an institution--the regular solution of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 494 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 875g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236737407
  • 9781236737403