Ike And The Struggle To Live Up To The Best

“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

When growing up, thinking about stuff like being the best, surpassing your father in a craft like fishing or butchering, or attaining the highest grades in order to impress schools like Harvard, or impress places like Google, is funny since you’re a kid. Kids don’t think of that stuff. For starters, they can’t process that much information. They need to gain life experience.

Sometimes it’s through normally, like if your family has decent rent and stability, then you have a chance to grow and start seeing what you want to do with your life. Sometimes it’s abnormally, and by that it’s through two ways: being rich and being poor. Being rich affords you a lot of leeway to discover what you want to do; it also means there’s more pressure to live up to family expectations, or even be pressured to take over the family business, even if you don’t want to. Being poor means nobody expects anything of you until you prove them wrong — that means overcoming challenges to reach the top of the goal.

What does that have to do with the hero of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance?


Well, for someone like him, his goal WAS simple: to surpass his dad, Greil. It seemed easy enough, as long as Ike kept his goal of getting stronger every day. So when he did lose his goal right in front of his eyes, he had to learn how to find a new one. It’s not really how you want to find a goal — to lose the one that raised you, that you loved, just like that. But just like that, life happens. Things change. Mentalities need to either evolve or be stuck in the past.

I’ve been playing Path of Radiance all week. This is an obvious theme to explore in the game, but in Ike’s case, a lot of things happen that changes what his reasons for fighting are. The only thing he knows is that he has to fight though, not merely to help his employer, Elincia, but for himself. It doesn’t all get solved in this game — that’s what Radiant Dawn’s for — but goals evolve constantly.

For me, I’m still searching for that one goal myself to obtain: do any of you have goals you want to reach in life? No, it doesn’t have to be super crazy though. Just curious if you have any.

(NOTE: BTW yes I’m back, sorry for being away so long. Just had to write something FE related since I’ve been playing it)


About Walters

Fire Emblem fan. Looking out for fire of course. Has played every Fire Emblem game that's come in the West.

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