Saturday, April 4, 2009

Crisis of Credit

A reality of being a leader or Samurai today, is that you need to pay attention to far more than simply your martial arts. The Samurai were not only fierce warriors on the battlefield, but also diplomats, businessmen and land owners. In every sphere of their life they were required to excel. Feudal Society can be very intolerant of the weak.

27. Hence it is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for purposes of spying and thereby they achieve great results. - Sun Tsu, The Art of War

In the interest of providing some intelligence which you may not already be in possession of, I offer the following: -

Image from'm sure that by now you are all very aware of the financial black hole the global economy is in.
Just in case you are not sure how it all happened, this video clip is the best description I have ever seen to explain the sub-prime lending crisis which hit the US.
Take a look at this video to see how the hunt for money has put us all in a rather prickly situation.
If the video loads very slowly you can also view the same 11 minute 15 second clip in two parts on Youtube. Crisis of Credit Part 1 and Part 2.

Yes this is a US problem, but we are all affected by the fall out. The bank which owns your house may have been one of the investors or others in the video. Even if you are sitting in New York, Johannesburg, Alice Springs or Timbuktu the sub-prime crisis will have an effect on you.

In the spirit of the warrior, now is the time for all warriors to work especially hard to ensure that they survive this changing battle field. Indeed this battle is easily survivable, but we need to adapt our thinking. Act decisively and with courage.

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The Book of Five Rings

It is said the warrior's is the twofold Way of pen and sword, and he should have a taste for both Ways. Even if a man has no natural ability he can be a warrior by sticking assiduously to both divisions of the Way. - Shinmen Musashi No Kami Fujiwara No Geshin