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What's your Favorite Moral in Fiction?
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For me, I'd have to say, besides Environmental messages, the message present in Live A Live. The moral there basically amounts to (slightly paraphrased to avoid spoilers): "Anyone can become a villain. As long as hatred exists in any world, at any time..." Quite frankly, I think this is a very intelligent message, because it's backed by several things within the story. For one thing, all of the protagonists have the potential to become evil or live terrible lives, but never give in to the circumstances around them and their own personal quirks, thereby remaining powered by love. All of the villains, on the other hand, all draw their strength from hate, or a more hateful version of the character's goals. The Wrestling Chapter would be a good example, although explaining why would get into spoilers. Although, I think the best example of this(and most obvious) would be near the end of the game. Without revealing any spoliers, I like how the message is not only about the dangers of letting hatred consume you, but also the problems of pushing people into those situations, since the people that cause those people to find themselves in those positions can be just as guilty. Can you think of any examples you have? This moral needs to be used more often because it's so very, very true.


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"Appearances can be deceiving" would have to be my favorite moral. Kinda like in the story about the wolf in sheep's clothing. I just love how true it can be in today's society.
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Live a Live is definitely a good choice; though I've yet to play the game myself, I can understand that aesop well because I struggle with hate towards the world myself.

My personal favorites are:

FFX: "Don't stay hidebound in dogma." All of the characters' internal conflicts come from the fact that the religion they believe in is hypocritical and deceptive, and their ultimate goal is a temporary solution requiring great sacrifice. Yet nobody thinks to find another, more permanent solution because said religion has held the world in its grip for a millennium, causing everyone to believe in it as the unclouded truth. It isn't until an outsider (Tidus) stumbles into the world and starts questioning things that anything changes, because everyone in Spira has been raised to believe in the Yevon dogma of "this is how it always was, this is how it always will be."

FFXIV 1.0: "Even in the face of doomsday, never give up." Major spoilers for 1.0, but it's pretty much public knowledge at this point: despite everyone giving it everything they had, they were unable to prevent Nael van Darnus from crashing Dalamud down on the world (or rather, letting Bahamut out of his can). Yet, from start to finish, everyone gives it their all.
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"Bad" guys aren't bad; "Nice" guys are bad.

and

The majority are a bunch of assholes who will never learn,
so you're better off doing it your own way.
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Your guildmates are your family!
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Friends help friends overcome any battle.



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"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." attributed to Abraham Lincoln
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Justice.
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Live your own life, don't live according to others.
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"Don't die, you moron!"
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The Ugly Duckling will always have a special place in my heart, because the story reminds me of my bond with my mother.


Like most people associate this story with physical beauty (e.g. an ugly teenager grows up to be a beauty queen), but I don't associate that story with physical appearances at all. When I read stories, I form my own metaphysical interpretation, regardless of what the original author says.


I associate The Ugly Duckling with the powerful bond formed between the mother and a child. The mother duck in the story is the only character that accepts The Ugly Duckling for who he is (omg I'm crying right now as I'm typing this because it reminds me so much of how my mother is the only person who is willing to accept me for who I am, being gay and all).

That's what I appreciate about mothers, they will love their child no matter what society thinks of that child... whether it's ugly, or antisocial or whatever.


The second moral of The Ugly Duckling is that, a person could be the most beautiful swan, yet if he/she's not with her own kind, then he/she might not be beautiful at all.


I associate this with "social acceptance". Like I only feel accepted when I'm with my own kind obviously... people who have similar cultural customs with me and philosophies.
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There is no such thing as an absolute ally or enemy because our values will change with the times. There can be only enemies or allies in relative terms.

Also, there is no weapon greater or more important than our will.

Both from Metal Gear Solid 3.
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"You don't need a reason to help people"
-Zidane Tribal FF IX
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"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." - The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

This tells me that life sucks and people always complain.

But on a more serious note, I have to go with The Diary of Anne Frank. At first glance, this seems to be just a diary chronicling a life spent in house confinement, hidden from the Nazis written by a lonesome teenage girl.

But Anne's diary is so much more than that. This diary shows how to make the best of life, and try to be positive even when all looks the darkest. Anne found strength, courage and compassion in her loneliness and her confinement. She found the will in herself to go on with life, and to have mercy towards people, even though none was shown to her. She was kind and gentle even to those who deserved it least.

As she lay dying in Auschwitz, her friend recalled how even in those moments, Anne was so forgiving, and felt that nothing truly bad was happening to her.

She believed simply and sincerely that all people have good in them, no matter what.

That is incredible to me.

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Favorite moral in fiction probably comes from Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. It basically states that if you wish to rise above your own fate in life, it takes uncompromising dedication. Any compromise in this dedication, will lead to your failure and becoming obscure, a no one. It's a story about how our own lack of drive and dedication, our willingness to allow ourselves to be sidetracked causes our downfalls more than fate.
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