Don’t grow up, it’s a trap!
Hacking the Alchemist’s Law of Equivalent Exchange
What was it like being a child? Can you even remember?
I just turned 21 last month and it got me thinking, “Oh shit! Am I now a grown-up?” But what does growing up really mean?
Alchemist’s Law of Equivalent Exchange is a law proposed in the anime Full Metal Alchemist stating:
“Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost.”
Sounds rational, but can you think of anything that you can obtain without sacrificing something? I did. Quite a lot.
But try really thinking about it, maybe in a wider perspective. If you still think there is, share it with us in the comment section.
Growing up comes with a lot of perks. You can make your own decisions. You get treated like an adult. You can get into clubs. You can drink beer. Sex.
You’re experiencing, learning a lot. But aren’t you giving something up?
What was it like being a child?
Remember those times when you wanted to play with the sand and you did? You didn’t need to ask yourself, “What are the advantages of playing with the sand between throwing stones to the river?” You just did.
When I destroyed my remote control car to get it’s dynamo, there were no thoughts like “Should I really be doing this? Nobody else does destroy their remote control cars to get the dynamo, Why am I different? Is there something wrong with me? Will playing with the dynamo be more fun than the whole remote control itself?”
There was no bullshit. There was no giving of too much fucks. Everything was possible. I just did what I wanted out of curiosity and excitement, without needing other’s approval. And I think that is one thing were losing while growing up. We gain tons of knowledge to the point that we can already run whole events in our minds before it even happens. But it only often lead to fears, doubts, and expectations.
“Newton’s Third Law. The only way humans have figured out how to move forward is to leave something behind.” – TARS
The little desires
We all have those things we wanted to do. Maybe make a short film, go mountain climbing with friends, go to the gym, or just the simple urges like inviting the cutest girl/guy in your office for coffee. If you were a child, you would have done or at least attempted those.
“Everyone, when they are young knows what their destiny is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny” – Melchizedek, The Alchemist
But it’s never too late. Maybe we can’t fully prevent these downsides of growing up, but if you really want to do something, remember being a child. Forget the bullshits and do what you’ve always wanted to do.
If you’re looking for a sign, this is it.
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