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The candle punctuates its existence by consuming everything it has in one final flare. Wouldn’t it be shameful for humankind to simply tremble in fear when faced with such dreadfully evil monster? The chance of winning is, as expected, zero. But regardless of the outcome, we are going to consume everything we have.
-Great General, Munsu-
Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That’s the Alchemist First Law of Equavalent Exchange. In those days, we really believed that to be the world’s one, and only, truth. But the world isn’t perfect, and the law is incomplete. Equavalent Exchange doesn’t encompass everything which goes on here, but I still choose to believe its principle: that all things do come at a price, that there’s some ebb and flow, a cycle, that the pain we went through did have a reward, and that anyone who’s determined and preserves will get something of value in return, even if it’s not what they expected.
– Alphonse, Fullmetal Alchemist-