What is your quest or pilgrimage?
You are either on a pilgrimage or you are going “nowhere”, very much like a steer eating grass until it goes to the feedlot, or the average TV watcher following the lines and obeying the signs.
Without the pasture and feedlot the steer would avoid castration and become a wild bull, even as a man who had to make his own way would be more noble as he respected the efforts of others, for having made his own.
For most of us, life is relatively easy, and to find the challenges which would develop us, we must search. It’s as if a falcon had a lifetime supply of food, and so it might never leave the nest. It would have to purposely choose to stand on the edge of the nest, then cast itself into the void.
Musha Shugyō provides the resources for that quest, the ability to be able to devote the totality of your being to your purpose unhindered by fear, ego, doubts, or laziness.
You accomplish it not just because it is important, but because it’s important to be able to. When we see this heroism in others, our respect is aroused as is our admiration. We wish to follow such people and emulate them. To become such a person should be the purpose of your pilgrimage.