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Your attacker is closing
Kime -- decision time:
Katsujinken - the sword that gives life?
Or, setsuninto - the sword that takes life?
Ruthless forgiveness and dynamic compassion?
Or, a cold detachment, killing without remorse?
Once positioned, decide!
Still, even if you have the skill
Is the choice really that simple?
Or, perhaps it is a case of: One life to save a thousand
Taking this one life
Will save many others - now
Or even into the future...
Of course, you could be wrong -- decide!
Operating in a state of fluid perfection, I... Whoa...what? Seriously, really, you are?!
Well....now, maybe not so much....??? So, katsujinken or setsuninto?
Not so black and white
Not so simple, after all
Which sword is which? -- Decide!