Photo from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.
‘Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is Alchemy’s First Law of Equivalent Exchange.’ -Fullmetal Alchemist
In the story, Edward and Alphonse tried to bring their mother back to life, but they sacrificed bodies. They always think the law of Alchemy is right to fight for, to chase for, however as they go down the the way of finding the Philosopher’s stone, they uncover more of the dark side of the ‘true’ law and the unfairness of it.
Isn’t it like real life? You thought you have been working on something that you think it is all worth it, works, relationship, until it all goes down to shit, for once you think ‘oh, we can be friends forever’, we even thought about we be helping each other’s wedding, decorating our own house. When has it gone down to ‘yeah think we have said that before, right?’ and it is too fragile to even mention?
As we say ‘people come and go’, it is kind of meaning you are letting it be, you are part of the ‘letting go’ part. You are guilty in the murder of the relationship. But does relationship can be maintain as the law of Alchemy, Equivalent Exchange?
No, it doesn’t. It is never fair. The amount of input can never be the same as output, and we all know about this really, the point is whether we accept that it is the saddest truth. And the most pathetic thing is that we know about the truth and still expect they’d be the same.
‘Although if you can endure that pain and walk away from it, you’ll find that you now have a heart strong enough to overcome any obstacle.’ -Fullmetal Alchemist