Originally Posted by SaxonViolence
The Samurai weren't perfect...
It goes without saying that they were far better people than most Americans today.
I think you're being mischieviously provocative (which is no bad thing
I find it a difficult comparison to make. The Americans I've met have without exception been warm-hearted, charming, polite and generous. Maybe I was just lucky (and wise enough not to mention gun control or foreign policy
). I haven't met any Samurai. The closest I've got is hearing periodic news reports about mentally disturbed people that have attacked others with samurai swords. Quite often they seem to be really attracted to the nobility and purity of a warrior code - perhaps because it's a way of dealing with the complexities of life.
Please note that this is not an unpleasant swipe at you, and I am not lumping you in with them in any way.
It depends on how you define 'better' of course, but perhaps it includes small day-to-day virtues: compassion, thoughtfulness, forgiveness, intelligence, humour, warmth etc. My guess is that these human values made the average American much more pleasant to be around than a Samurai warrior, with his rigid, self-imposed ascetic.
Of course, you would want the Samurai at your back in a fight, but I wonder if the other 99.9% of the time he might be dull, socially inept, and somewhat chilling companion.