Bushido and Stoicism

Samurai, circa 1860, Wikipedia

The more I think about philosophy as a way of life, the more I am convinced that there are profound similarities among philosophies and religions from different time periods and cultures. Of course, there are differences as well. Variety is the spice of life, and cultural variety is a hallmark of human evolution. But we are far more similar, biologically and culturally, then the popular emphasis on cultural relativism would grant. It is true that, as…