It’s funny how everything connects. Two seemingly unrelated topics in anime and MGTOW; how Goku, a fictional character, can teach us what it truly means to go our own way.
Now, most people say Goku is one-dimensional, childish, and boring while Vegeta is the interesting one. Well, my take is that people can’t relate to Goku because their miserable.
Goku, in the writing world, is something called a Flat Character; A flat character is someone who changes the world without the world changing them in anyway. Translation, the remain the same throughout the story, which is why people say Goku is one-dimensional. Now, a flat character can be either positive (Goku) or negative (Frieza). They don’t change because they already believe the truth about themselves while most characters (Vegeta, Piccolo, Gohan, Tien, etc.) believe lies about themselves they must overcome to become a better version of themselves, which makes their story more interesting.
Most people believe lies about themselves while Goku believes the truth that he can always be better tomorrow than he is today, so there’s no internal struggle he needs to overcome. Now, don’t get the wrong idea, flat characters do evolve and mature, they just don’t struggle with themselves along the way. Their core remains the same.
Most people can’t relate to be secure about who they are, to be happy and at peace with themselves, to love yourself enough to do what’s best for yourself no matter what others may say. Most cannot relate to Goku because they don’t know the truth about themselves, let alone believe it, and, even if they do, they deny it every single day. They think their traits are undesirable or their family told them their traits are undesirable, therefore, they suppress themselves to fit in when, in reality, the people who tell them to suppress their traits are really jealous of the potential they see and want to snuff it out to make themselves feel better.
In the end, I think we can all learn something from Goku besides the Kamehameha wave, I think we can all learn to find and believe the truth about ourselves, to constantly work to be better tomorrow than we are today, and to love ourselves enough to do what we care about regardless of what people say. Only then will we live a more happy and peaceful existence.
Alright, that’s my spiel. Til next week. . .