Originally Posted by Brian McIlmoyle
Western martial philosophy and traditions are more applicable to the use of firearms.
I disagree; I'm not discrediting Western philosophy on that matter however. For one, I'm sure they're just as good, and I haven't read much, if any, so I wouldn't be able to tell.
Where I disagree is in the statement that one is more applicable than the other. As Drake stated, it's about the underlying concepts, in which case you could apply Musashi's teachings to about every aspect of life, assuming you are ready to adapt your reasoning to the situation you're trying to evaluate. This goes with plain martial arts, eastern or western, modern or not, swords and firearms... but also at how you are approaching your everyday problems.
Go rin no sho, as well as Sun Tzu for that matter, is extensively used in financial and economy teaching after all (or so I heard).
Now don't get me wrong, whatever I just wrote is not to try and teach or enlighten anyone, just writing my thoughts.
Thanks for posting this, I haven't read the book in ages and it made me want to reread it, which is a good thing (especially since I'm seriously considering starting to train in MA again, after more than 10 years! :x: )
It's definitely an awesome book, I think that everyone with at least the slightest intention of bettering themselves should read. Musashi is certainly well worth discovering.