What are some great life-lessons you learned from a Final Fantasy game?

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What are some great life-lessons you learned from a Final Fantasy game?



First, allow me to quote the great Fyodor Dostoevsky...

At first, art imitates life. Then life will imitate art. Then life will find its very existence from the arts.

There are realms in human phenomena that science is simply incapable of grabbing a hold of. For example, what does science have to say about absolute moral values? What does science have to say about love? Science is a tool, nothing more. There are things that cannot be scientifically explained, and stuff like those is where art constantly dwell in.

I am a Christian who believes in God and Jesus Christ. But try as I might to intellectually justify the validity of the Christian message, I can't deny that my emotions play a huge role with my chosen beliefs. Part of it is cultural upbringing, and a bigger part of it is Final Fantasy VIII. I learned that we draw our strength from godlike beings. Angels, to me, exist, the same way Guardian Forces exist in the Final Fantasy VIII universe. These angels of mine help me in my life and give me strength. I won't have it any other way. I owe everything to them, and to my very own Griever, Jesus. That is what I learned from Final Fantasy VIII.

What about you?
 

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What are some great life-lessons you learned from a Final Fantasy game?



First, allow me to quote the great Fyodor Dostoevsky...

At first, art imitates life. Then life will imitate art. Then life will find its very existence from the arts.

There are realms in human phenomena that science is simply incapable of grabbing a hold of. For example, what does science have to say about absolute moral values? What does science have to say about love? Science is a tool, nothing more. There are things that cannot be scientifically explained, and stuff like those is where art constantly dwell in.

I am a Christian who believes in God and Jesus Christ. But try as I might to intellectually justify the validity of the Christian message, I can't deny that my emotions play a huge role with my chosen beliefs. Part of it is cultural upbringing, and a bigger part of it is Final Fantasy VIII. I learned that we draw our strength from godlike beings. Angels, to me, exist, the same way Guardian Forces exist in the Final Fantasy VIII universe. These angels of mine help me in my life and give me strength. I won't have it any other way. I owe everything to them, and to my very own Griever, Jesus. That is what I learned from Final Fantasy VIII.

What about you?
Final Fantasy 9 has huge lessons for me about life, friendship, and death. That game and the themes of it helped me so much when I played it
 

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Great thread!

I'll have to think about this for a bit longer in order to answer this properly. I think there are multiple answers for me because FFVII-FFIX in particular were a huge part of me growing up. Together they were my first RPG games and the first video game characters and stories which truly connected with me.

Some lessons I may have learned but then forgotten again. They still stuck with me nonetheless.

Not giving up being one of them. Repeatedly throughout the franchise the heroes think about giving up but then the pull together and get through the situation or overcome impossible odds.

I think to me this is best encapsulated in FFIX's iconic 'You're not alone!' scene. Sometimes when it feels like world is ending and you doubt yourself and who you really are, and think that nobody cares, all it takes is a few of your friends to reach out and tell you that you matter to them and your spirits can be lifted. Having people on your side can be a confidence booster and it doesn't matter if it is only a handful of people.

That scene is the 'It's a Wonderful Life' moment of Final Fantasy, I think.

That's one lesson, and it is one I need to keep reminding myself about.

I'll post some more when I can think of them.
 
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