Monday, August 6, 2012

Idea of Equivalent Exchange

"Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is the first Law of Equivalent Exchange."

To gain something, something of equal value must be lost. Or should it?
We have always been asked to sacrifice for gaining anything. In the game of life, to win is to lose. But can society really function when everyone takes his part and gives as asked? Yes, though the idea may be conceptually sound, it is flawed in reasoning. There will always be people gaining from the network of a simpleton trade, from the true system. Not to say that their way is wrong, but only quick. A shortcut. The idea of someone gaining more than their sacrifice is just wrong in the minds of people, but as long as there are intelligent and moral people, there will be geniuses and ammoral people too.

Movies may go upon spreading the teachings of Karma. What goes around comes around, or its converse. But it is seldom true in the practicality if what goes around is carefully buried, not caring one bit about its cost. If a task is completed, no heed is given to the ways involved. Though it is true that if you get something you did not earn, a part of someone else went into making it, from the perspective of an individual, it is only partially true. It is more of an advice than an actual law, but more binding.

But the world isn't perfect, and the law is incomplete. Equivalent Exchange doesn't encompass everything that goes on here. But I still choose to believe in its principle: that all things do come at a price. That there’s an ebb, a flow, and a cycle.

If you'd like to know more about this law and the anime from where it came, catch it on Justdubs!
Fullmetal Alchemist
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