The Law of Equivalent Exchange Quote
"Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is alchemy’s first Law of Equivalent Exchange."
In Full Metal Alchemist, the protagonist's body was part human and part mechanical. I'm not very familiar with how this relates to the plot of the anime but I would guess that it grants him certain abilities and as my friend says... In exchange for his soul.
This is not to say that you have to sell your soul in exchange for what you want in life, that would be absurd! It's just that for everything and for anything you want, you have to know what things equivalent of value you are willing to give in return?
The Law of Equivalent exchange By Example
So for example, a child wants to earn good grades at school. Do you think this comes automatic? Without studying hard? A lot of people say that there are "gifted" children, or those who are born natural talents... But for me, it's wrong to assume such thing.
If you study carefully, the students who get good grades are hardworking students. Some of them may not be as hard working as people think they should be, but nevertheless more hardworking than the other students and that's what makes him stand out.
The law of attraction... Karma... The natural laws... These things are somehow related to it. And I'm sure that you can tell for yourself whether this is just a make-believe truth.
Not everything that is given to you is yours to take. There is always something in exchange... Always... There is no such thing as free lunch. There is no such thing as something for nothing.
I have changed my opinion and belief about this subject. I recognize this concept as very materialistic to the point that people even think of sacrificing their relationships with their loved ones to get the worldly things they need.
My beliefs are now replaced by an even stronger, and time-tested concepts. To know more about it, check out my post about How To Be The Greatest In Anything.
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