If you’ve read a few posts about Naruto and the lessons I got from the series you might as well be aware that I tend to take anime too seriously, serious enough to implement certain ideology portrayed in it into my life too. So, a few days back I watched Naruto Shippuden Episode 245. Now I know nobody cares for the anime or what episode it was or what chapter of the manga it was so I’ll do this quick paragraph to tell you what is the backdrop of this post.
Naruto Uzumaki is a boy with whom no one plays, nobody talks to him and everyone avoids him because of a certain fact that is irrelevant to the subject of this post. The idea is that Naruto since childhood has fought to survive and be acknowledged for which he plays pranks on almost everyone in his village and intentionally acts as a dumb-ass. He has grown now into a teenager (16), though their 16 and our 16 differs completely, and to get a certain power he must face the hatred he has kept isolated from everyone inside his subconscious. The hatred is nothing but him except his eyes are fuelled with revenge and anger and is called the Dark Naruto.
Naruto tries fighting Dark but realizes soon that it is basically him, so all moves, tricks and tactics are exact mirror images for his own. He fights for a while and ultimately comes to a simple resolve, ‘He accepts that he hated everyone but doesn’t hate them now. That he has grown enough to know that it wasn’t their fault, that they had to be afraid of someone who contained a demon. He also acknowledges his hatred and that it made him strong.’ When hatred comes to fight with him and questions its own existence, he hugs him and says,
“You might be the reason I’m here now. I’ve only grown as strong as I have because of your help. Because you Are me, you Be like me. It’s gonna be all right. Thank you for everything.” (Quote is from the Manga – Comic, so it might differ from the anime a little.)
Now to those who aren’t interested you should not read further because the description will support what I have to say about myself and my hatred towards almost everything in the society.
When I was in the ninth standard a few things started to happen and then it was a collision course, events took place, events that kind of changed my life and myself completely. Since then I have hated everything, I suppose. If you read my blog or if you’ve even read it occasionally you might know that I hate every custom, every person and almost everything around me. I’ve written about hating education, hating reservation, hating parents and many other things. But a few days back, one of my closest friends made me realize something of value when he said, “You know, you’ve never started a discussion with the phrase, I really like… instead its always, I really hate…”. This statement of his made me realize that it was true indeed. I have since a year and a half, hated everything and then I watched this episode, great timing.
Both of these little, random events made me realize what I had to do. I have started to improve this thinking of ‘I hate this and that…’ and I’ve started to change things, it’s a long way but thanks to that friend, Naruto Uzumaki (Masashi Kishimoto) and a deep introspection after waking up at 4:00 AM randomly have helped me clear this head of mine. I don’t hate everything now and I don’t intend to any more. This is what all of us actually need, we need to accept that the hatred inside us has always helped us but at a particular point of time, it has to be accepted and is to become one with ourselves or we’ll always be that kid who hates everything. 🙂