I’ve come to a point in my life where I can’t accept reality. We live in an appalling world full of countless grief, social injustice, poverty, and cruelty. And I can’t look at it anymore. So my new approach to life, to avoid getting angry and bitter and sad about the way the world is, is to get as weird as possible. To get as weird as I can comfortably make it and as far away from reality as I can without letting too much light in. As I understand why I need to do this in my life, I look at musicians, artists, and filmmakers who people refer to as mad eccentrics and off the wall, I get it now. This is how people deal with reality. This is why fantasy is so important in the world.
I recently read The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas and my first comparison of the theme of one child suffering, so an entire city can live in prosperity without feeling guilt was... Naruto and Konoha. I mean, Konoha also abandoned and sacrificed many more people, but Naruto as a child was deliberately and willingly neglected by (almost) the entire community. The community collectively needed a scapegoat to blame for the disaster with the Kyuubi and the choice fell on the most innocent victim.
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Ahem. Yes, Naruto and Konoha is absolutely a good comparison and very apt. Just - the theme of suffering and blame and a blind eye being turned by practically everyone -
And then, of course, you have the theme of even those who do see this as a bad thing not actually doing anything to change it. No one tries to rescue the child in Omelas; no one ever looks at the system of jinchuuriki and proposes a better way. They content themselves with saying I am not an abuser, I have chosen to walk away, and…that’s good. That’s great. But it doesn’t actually change anything.
…sorry. I have a lot of feelings about this story. And about jinchuuriki.
“As a kid, I never saw the Life With Loopy short ‘Larry’s Girl’ as Nick didn’t play the KaBlam episode it was in very often. Now that I’ve seen it, it’s my favorite Loopy short ever. Not only because Larry and Stacy were a cute couple, but because it pretty much sent the message that no matter what odd interests you’re obsessed with, there’s someone out there just as big a fan as you are. As an Aspie, it’s really important to me.”