An attendant rushes into a burning house…

… to save his master’s genealogy. Finding the prized document, what has become known as “the blood genealogy,” but being unable to escape the burning house, the previously unremarkable attendant “cut open his stomach and placed the genealogy inside, tightly wrapped in cloth — it was not damaged at all.”

The anecdote comes from Hagakure: The Code of the Samurai, which is currently at the top of the book pile in my bathroom, and was presumably the Who Moved My Cheese? for the self-help crowd in early 18th century Japan.

I don’t think I’ll be bringing any of the lessons learned from this read into the classroom….

The particular edition I’m reading is The Manga Edition, published by Kodansha International – which has just gone out of business. Here’s the press release on the Kodansha USA website.

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