In order to gain something, you must present something of equal value. That is the principle of Equivalent Trade. Back then, we had believed it to be the truth of the world. But as it turns out, the world is an imperfect place, and there is no principle that can explain its existence. Not even the principle of Equivalent Trade. But we still believe that one cannot gain something without paying the price. The pain we endured must have been the price for something else. We also believe that by paying the price of hard work, we can gain something. Equivalent Trade is not a principle of the world.
When I was certain he was going to kill me, my mind went blank, and I didn’t have any hope anymore. And the only thing I could do was scream my lungs out. I felt so helpless, I couldn’t even bring myself to believe someone might save me. Then you showed up, Al. And I realized that if we don’t take care of each other, no one else will. So I’ll do anything in my power to get our bodies back, even if it means being the military’s lapdog. And we’ll just have to hope our powers are good enough to help us rise above our own limits. ‘Cause we’re not gods. We’re humans. Tiny, insignificant humans…who couldn’t even save a little girl
You can’t gain anything without losing something first. 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. Yeah… a heart made Fullmetal.