Saturday, 24 May 2008

"Where Love Doesn't Reach"

I actually no longer remember when I added that imeem app on the right sidebar. The app doesn't automatically play upon loading, and that is why I haven't been noticing it's existence in this blog. (I think I'll make the necessary adjustments when I find out how) =P

Just moments ago, I noticed SniperAngel's comment in my chatbox and it dawned upon me that I should blog about it. But where should I start?

Owkay, first of all the imeem app plays "Where Love Doesn't Reach," or "Unfathomed Reminiscence", which is one of the numerous background music (BGMs) of the game, Final Fantasy IX. And unless my memory fails me again, I think the BGM first played shortly after the Kingdom of Alexandria was devastated by Bahamut (which was being controlled by the main antagonist, Kuja). As such, the theme is somewhat sombre and sad. (C'mon, give it a try if you haven't yet).

The music piece is very much emotional, yet there is something uplifting about it. I think this is why I'm drawn to it. As you see, the moment that Alexandria was destroyed is one of the several greatest losses for the main character, Princess Garnet Til Alexandros. Well, if you are ruling one kingdom and that kingdom is destroyed before your very eyes, what would you feel?

But even through the sadness and despair, there still exists hope for a better future. I believe this is the focal point upon which people should rally to realize some great truths in the midst of tragedies.

Calamities can really bring people down to their knees in many ways. With the great loss and the trauma, people are exposed to pain, and with that pain comes weakness. Ironically, the only way to deal with those weaknesses is to become stronger.

Of course, people weakened by the loss of a loved one may not be able to muster their inner strength just to overcome their sadness. But they can become strong by drawing their strength from others.

This is the lesson that can be learned during times of great hardships: that people should be united to make it through the worst ordeals. I'd also add that extending assistance doesn't necessarily translate to giving out monetary aid. Most of the time, survivors need moral and emotional support just to move on - and those giving a hand should, more than anything else, also give out their hearts and lend their strength.

Zidane and the others FFIX characters helped Garnet to stand up and carry on by allowing her to go at her own pace while at the same time supporting her up to the very end. I believe that everyone should learn from that, and try to apply it whenever possible.

Collective courage - this, for me, is what the theme, Where Love Doesn't Reach / Unfathomed Reminiscence is about.

Note: Updated post and fixed the app to auto-play upon loading. XD

1 comment:

SniperAngel said...

So profound. I remember the days when I played that game, which is also my favorite of all Final Fantasy Series.