Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Law of Equivalent Exchange

“Man cannot gain anything without first sacrificing something else. To obtain anything, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s Law of Equivalent Exchange.” - Al

Balance, Karma, Action and Reaction, Golden Rule, Yin&Yang, Equilibrium... sounds like Equivalent exchange? Different origins but same meaning... Cool?

But sometimes, no matter how big your sacrifice... you will never get the thing you want the most.

7 comments:

Mason said...

"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, and a flow, a cycle. That the pain we
went through did have a reward and that anyone who's determined and perseveres will
get something of value in return, even if it's not what they expected."
— Alphonse
Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)

Justin said...

yes the law has holes in it
but its there to protect us to save us humans and no matter how hard we try we never get want most.

Justin said...

yes the law has holes in it
but its there to protect us to save us humans and no matter how hard we try we never get want most.

M.G. Frank said...
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M.G. Frank said...

Actually, it makes more sense if you factor in a more widespread (now) religious/spiritual belief in reincarantion as well as Karma or even the concept of Heaven and Hell. For the Christians and Catholics: "First he must descend through Hell (The Recognition of Sin), then he must ascend through Purgatory (The Renunciation of Sin), and only then may he reach the pinnacle of joy and come to the Light of God [Heaven]." - Canto I, The Inferno, Dante (As translated by John Ciardi, 1982). So, basically, if you don't get what you strive for, you will get it in the afterlife. Still an Equivalent Exchange, just not in the form of instant gratification.

Bloody Alchemist said...

It's not about getting what you 'want' back, It's about getting something, anything that's of equal value back. You will always eventually get something back that's of equal value.

Bloody Alchemist said...

It's not about getting what you 'want' back, It's about getting something, anything that's of equal value back. You will always eventually get something back that's of equal value.