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Monday, December 3, 2012

Four Reasons Why Ninjas Are Better Than Pirates

Four Reasons Why Ninjas Are Better Than Pirates
Halonah Abraham Paiss is 14 years old and attends New Vista. She has a youth shodan in To-Shin Do. She enjoys tennis, talking in old languages with weird accents. She wishes she lived in Camelot.

For centuries one question has plagued the cyber world. Wars have been fought, digital blood has been shed, and most think there can only be one answer. This ultimate question has been summed up in three words: Pirate or Ninja? 

Both figures are strong, dangerous, and very different. This conflict leaves one with the dreaded pirate-ninja saga, “a popular fight between two entirely different groups. Based on two different internet subcultures, Pirates and Ninjas, as two very different stereotypes battling out to death.” (Urban Dictionary) The opinions of these two groups have become so strong that there is a day for the pirate, Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th, and a ninja day, Day of the Ninja on December 5th. (Live in Boulder and want to be a ninja? Join us for a free ninja class.) But there can only be one winner of this mighty battle and who will it be? I am going to show you why ninjas are by far the winner in this battle described in these four reason. Their history, fighting tactics, appearance, and the ninja and pirates code.
Some say the pirates are older and some argue that the ninjas go back longer. The history of the Ninjas dates back to the 11th century in Japan. “Prince Yamato is often considered the first ninja story.” (ChaCha) The ninjas importance and influence grew during the Heian Period (794-1185), when powerful landowners hired private warriors for the protection of their properties. Mostly, ninja were used as protectors of land and royalty. On the other hand, the pirates have been roaming the high seas since the 15th century. Pirates didn’t really have a “job” or purpose except for their duty as a fellow crew member on the ship. They mostly went out and stole goods all for themselves. This clearly shows that ninjas have been around longer and were actually an importance in helping society, while pirates are more recent and were not useful whatsoever. They were only out for their own good while ninjas helped others.
Both pirates and ninjas are great fighters. But their fighting styles are very different. “A pirate without his weapon is nothing. The only thing that makes a pirate valuable in battle is his weapon.”  All the pirates do in a fight is use their muscles and swing the blade around hoping that they will kill their opponent. 
A ninja can kill someone with his bare hands and is skilled in katanas (sword), shuriken (throwing stars) bo-staffs and other deadly ninja weapons. A ninja, is also a master of mind games. If a pirate ends up killing someone it was probably out of pure luck. Therefore, ninjas are much deadlier than any pirate in a fight.
Ninjas are way more formal in how they look then pirates. The ninja uniform was called a shinobi shozoko. Ninjas are dressed to be ready for a fight at any second. “Black or dark blue was used for night missions when being seen would mean certain death. White was used for winter missions so they could easily blend in with the snow covered area. The other color used was a green kind of camouflage pattern so they could blend in with the forest surroundings.” (Ninja facts)
While pirates wore garments, breaches, blouses, canvas shorts, rags, fine cloaks (sometimes), rich silks (which they stole), or torn and bloody shirts. They didn’t give a rats tooth what they looked like. Although the pirates didn’t care what they looked like they definitely cared about how other pirates acted and how they should be treated.
The pirates have the code of conduct and the ninjas have the code of honor. Each one shows the rules of how each group works. Below is an example of The Ninja Code of Honor.

  • Never betray your clan.
  • Accomplish the mission; failure is not an option.
  • Always put the clan and the mission before yourself.
  • If you are captured, escape.
  • If you cannot escape, commit seppuku.
  • If you can't commit seppuku, resist.
  • If you can't rescue a comrade, take his life.
  • It's better for them to die than to fall into the hands of the enemy.
  • Serve your chunin (cell leader) and jonin (clan leader) with total, unquestioning obedience.
  • Live in shadow; never reveal your true self.
  • If it is not necessary to the mission to kill, don't kill.
  • If it is necessary to the mission to kill, don't hesitate.
  • Never strike a member of the same ryu.
  • To leave the ryo is to die; No nukenin (rogue ninja) may be allowed to live.
  • Your master's enemies are your enemies.
  • Accept missions only from your chunin.
  • Never arrange a contract yourself.
  • Never question or refuse a mission.
  • Always aid a genin (fellow ninja) from your own ryu.
  • Never use the terms "ninja", "shinobi", or "assassin" when speaking in public

The bold points are examples of how the ninja ALWAYS put others in front of themselves. It also shows how stealthy they are and that they are there to help, not always kill, only if it is necessary.

This next list is an example of a Pirates Code of Conduct.

  • Every man shall obey civil Command; the Captain shall have one full share and a half in all Prizes; the Master, Carpenter, Boatswain and Gunner shall have one Share and quarter.

  • If any man shall offer to run away, or keep any Secret from the Company, he shall be marooned with one Bottle of Powder, one Bottle of Water, one small Arm and shot.

  • If any Man shall steal any Thing in the Company, or game, to the Value of a Piece of Eight, he shall be marooned or shot.

  • If at any Time we should meet another Marooner (that is Pyrate) that Man that shall sign his Articles without the Consent of our Company, shall suffer such punishment as the Captain and Company shall think fit.

  • That Man that shall strike another whilst these Articles are in force, shall receive Moses's Law (that is 40 stripes lacking one) on the bare Back.

  • That Man that shall snap his Arms, or smoke Tobacco in the Hold, without a cap to his Pipe, or carry a Candle lighted without a Lanthorn, shall suffer the same Punishment as in the former Article.

  • That Man that shall not keep his Arms clean, fit for an Engagement, or neglect his Business, shall be cut off from his Share, and suffer such other Punishment as the Captain and the Company shall think fit.

  • If any Man shall lose a Joint in time of an Engagement he shall have 400 pieces of Eight; if a limb 800.

  • If at any time you meet with a prudent Woman, that Man that offers to meddle with her, without her Consent, shall suffer present Death.

As you see below, these examples are not showing any way of helping anyone. In conclusion, the ninjas code of honor is honoring people before themselves. In the pirates code of conduct, tells us things mostly about death, punishment, running away, affairs etc.

In the end, it should be pretty clear why ninjas are better than pirates. If you were undecided about which side you took before, I would hope that this paper helped to clear that up for you. Ninjas have been around longer, they would undoubtedly win in a fight, they appear to be ready for anything at anytime, and there code isn’t about them but about others. 

I am, of course, expecting a paper from the pirates to try to prove me wrong.

Go ahead.
The ninjas dare you.

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