[Faithfulness. Devotion. Trustworthiness]
Lesson: Warriors are responsible for everything that they have done and everything that they have said, and all of the consequences that follow. They are immensely loyal to all of those in their care.
Meditation: To everyone for whom they are responsible, they remain fiercely true.
Musings: Loyalty is one of the most important qualities that a true Warrior possesses. One must have unshakable fealty and trustworthiness to those one serves and owes allegiance. Warriors must also demonstrate steadfast faithfulness and devotion to those under their protection, regardless of their station in life. The single-minded faithfulness of a Warrior is unswerving and cannot ever be put in question. The Samurai were true even to the point of death and countless gave their lives zealously defending those to whom they pledged their loyalty.
The text I use for the Lesson and Mediation comes from the Bushido Seven page on the website of the Traditional Karate Centre in Wilmette, IL, USA. They own the copyright. The rest of the essay is compiled from my own meagre musings on the subject.
On the first Friday of each month, I hope to post another Samurai Value. Traditionally, there are seven bushido virtues in all, so if everything goes as planned, this will take us from June to December.