An Unemployed Samurai is a man who carries a heavy weight. He has some kind of burden, which often blinds him to the peripheral world, and brands him an eccentric. There is a certain monomania, an obsession, which characterises the Unemployed Samurai. Globally, his mission is to bring order to chaos, to re-harmonize the world — to bring things back into balance.
The Unemployed Samurai is not fully acceptable, not fully civilized, therefore he is unemployed. One etymology of the world employment is literally ‘to spend money’ or to employ funds; but the unemployed Samurai does not live to be a mere consumer. We can also finds the word ‘ploy’ within the word employment: but the Unemployed Samurai will not be a ploy or instrument. Futhermore, he won’t necessarily be financially rewarded, celebrated, or socially embraced for his deeper work; and he will not compromise this ‘mission’ for anything in the world. For he is one who, by fate or circumstance or choice, has chosen a heavy lot. And yet that heavy lot is, paradoxically, his élan, his joy, his meaning.
Of course, I am using the idea of Samurai metaphorically, and the metaphor is inexact. A warrior who is motivated by revenge, as many of the traditional Ronin’s were, is not my ideal here. The warrior I am talking about is one animated by a higher principal; his dragons are internal was well as external. He is fighting his own darker nature, as well as the demons in the outer world. He is not a defender of any abstraction or limited fiefdom, but a higher ideal: the future.
The future, not as some kind of social utopia, but a place where the soul belongs, where the soul can truly be. His battle is with all those dark forces which will not let us be. Therefore, his obsession is not with the past, but with the present and the future—he is a warrior of being, but also of becoming. He looks only into the past only to find the hidden keys to the future, to rescue any ghosts or thwarted beings who are trapped in time.
The Unemployed Samurai is unemployed because his radical individuality stands in the way the norm. He maintains his individuality, not though self-obsession or narcissism, but though being uncompromising with his highest hopes and dreams. He abhors ideology and whatever gets in the way of real principal and vision.
The Unemployed Samurai is also a thinker, and he thinks from the depths, not from the shallow intellect, or from disembodied idealism. Thought and speech, or sacred logos, as it is called in the western tradition, this the utmost high principal for him; but that thought is embodied, revelatory, and alive. Logos is his sword, his armour, and his reason.