One of my favourite books is Shogun by James Clavell. Its a fantastic book and is also so thick and brick-like the book can also be used as a weapon
if the need arises
Ever since I read it a few year's ago I have been of the opinion that the Samuria was the highest evolution of man.The Samuria
beats out the Spartan by a nose.
The Samurai valued honour above all else. It was beneath the Samuria to concern himself with things such as money. A Samurai would commit seppuku if
he was dishonoured. He would sooner die than live with the shame of being dishonoured.
The Four-Tiered Class System of Feudal Japan is the greatest and most logical 'class structure' that the world has ever seen.
1 --At the top of the 'class structure' were the Samurai Warrior Class. The Samuria were about 10% of the population and they comanded respect.The
Samurai answered only to their leader the Diamyo. The Diaymo was the leader of a people and controlled a region.The Diaymo only answered to the
Shogun. The Shogun was the most powerful Diaymo.The Shogun answered to the Emperor technically but an Emperor was often merely a figurehead. The real
power lay with the Shogun. But like I said,the Samurai Class were the top social group.
2 --Just below the Samurai Class on the social ladder were the Peasants and the Farmers. Yes,thats right. Peasants were the second most important
people in Feudal Japan.The peasant sat above the Artisan and the Merchant because they produced the thing that was of the most value.Food.This is
logical.We all need food.The Peasant is what holds everything together.They are much more important than the Artisan and the Merchant.
3 --Third on the list was the Artisan.The Artisan was important. They made boats,weapons,clothing and they were the highly skilled. But they were not
as important as the Peasant. We all need food. Without food,the rest is impossible.The Artisan lived in their own section of cities.
4 --Last on the list is the parasitic Merchant Class. These people produce nothing of real value. These parasites were at the very bottom of society.
They were seen for what they were. They produced nothing of value but instead,they exploited the other classes.These people like to call themselves
'Job Creators' today. What an insulting joke that is. In Feudal Japan the Merchant Class were ostracized.They had to live in their own part of a city
and the higher classes were forbidden to mix with these parasites except for business related matter's.So all our Bankers and Corporatists would be at
the bottom of society in Feudal Japan.very logical.
The only thing the Japanese saw as lower than a parasitic Banker or Corporatist were undesirables like Actors,Bards, Butchers,Grave Diggers,Criminals
So our 'job creators'(job destroyer's) would be right at the bottom. I think we should look at this system for Western Society. If a more sensible
Social Structure exists I would like to hear it.
edit on 26-4-2012 by Germanicus because: (no reason given)