By Riland Morina
For centuries, the only law across the seven seas was one established by pirates. Only the strongest survived, and the winner always took all. The life of a pirate was rough, but the freedom to live a life outside the boundaries of the law was enticing.
The legal jobs of the era during which pirates operated offered only horrid conditions and pay, so many people became pirates, where they earned a fair pay and lived in a fair democracy. It’s not a big stretch to assume that pirates were in general happier than their wage slave counterparts in legitimate business. People from any social class could separate themselves from the expected life and take what they wanted. Unbound by national or international law, pirates were allowed to travel the seven seas and make lucrative amounts of money in robbing, treasure hunting, and gambling. Each pirate was only active for an average of three years in total, for the money they made in that time period was enough for them to have an early retirement.
Pirates connected emotionally with their crews, forming strong relationships with other pirates. They additionally lived a fairly liberal personal lifestyle, acting more socially progressive than most anyone during the time period.
Pirates weren’t always criminal. Sir Francis Drake, for example, was contracted by Great Britain to attack Spanish ships, thus functioning legally under the law
As opposed to the strict, honor-based lifestyle of ninjas, pirates lived lives free of control, rebelling against the unfair economic system of the era, and after their retirement, inspiring ideas of democracy in the Caribbean. Pirates truly were ahead of their time and unabashedly free, especially compared to the rigorous, tightly scheduled lives of ninjas.
By Riya Lahoti
With the popular debate of ninjas vs. pirates— or more specifically ancient ninjas and colonized pirate of the 14th to 20th centuries— it is exceedingly clear that ninjas are superior.
Ninjas were first much more skilled than pirates. To be qualified assassins, ninjas underwent intensive training to perfect ninjitsu. Ninjitsu is a paragliding word that describes spy skills varying from espionage, to camouflage, to aptitude with explosive materials, and to other stealthy methods of slaughter. Ninjas followed the same basic samurai lesson plans, though each taking different paths. Entire schools are devoted to this practice, as it is not easy. Some pirates are trained while others may not be. However, all ninjas are trained. The extensive preparations a ninja must follow throughout their journey is beyond the skills a pirate could ever master.
Additionally, a ninja possesses more morals than a pirate. While some were hired assassins, a significant number of ninjas were loyal to a specific nobleman, clan, or a political agenda. Ninjas’ extended families generally guarded the village against thieves and others. Pirates, on the other hand, were rarely faithful to anybody else but themselves and massacred indiscriminately, apart from when fear for obviousness made it illogical. Ninjas overall only intended to kill their particular target; any casualties were solely collateral, but not the outcome of a decision to continue killing and looting. The same could not be said for pirates due to their mere thirst for useless destruction. In many cases, ports and towns were destroyed; villagers were slain, robbed, and raped. There were almost no ships where captives were fairly treated as they took prisoners and killed them instantly.
And lastly, ninjas could effortlessly best a pirate. Pirates deal with more face-to-face confrontations and combat, whereas ninjas are trained to sneak and kill targeted victims when they least expect it. For ninjas are trained to kill, thus are they unequaled by the barbarous ineptitude of pirates.