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
Photo from the movie Spirited Away.
I first watched this 15 years ago, when I was in 1st grade? I didn’t know what it’s talking about. Roughly the story is about (no spoiler) the girl Chihiro and her parents went to a mysterious place that turns her parents to pig (huh?) and she had to work at a hot spring resort in order to save her parents. The headmaster of the resort controls workers by taking away their names. People start forgetting their names, until Chihiro met a guy Haku who told her no to forget hers no matter what.
Japanese films like using metaphor, especially anime, which makes it very fascinating, and hipster-ish. LOL
It is not really about names, but who you are of what the movie refers to. Once you start going 9-5, you start forgetting who you are, how you used to be creative, excited about stuffs, how you laughed when you just swung on the swing, how you cracked the smile when you had an ice-cream after running around the field.
‘Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them.’ (Spirited Away, 2001)
What defines you? Who defines you? How people define you? When you start letting people to define you? Why you let people define you?
We never want to be defined, at least not however they want to define us. It is just because we chose what we think is more important, we prioritized. Money? Approval from your boss? Working hours? Relationships? Friends? Family? In the society that is so competitive, everyone is full of complaints and disappointments, people judge, a lot. We can either be: I care how the think about me,because this is how people work, how the society works; or we can be: I live the life how I want to be, because this makes me who I am. The first one is easy, cause that’s makes people frown; the second one is hard, that makes it so precious and desirable.
Being yourself is hard, but nobody said you can’t. Find your Haku.