Edward Not Sacrificing Hohenheim Explained (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)

*INTRO* Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an amazing
anime, and is my number two favourite anime of all time. Now a lot of people who dislike this series
have a lot of complaints regarding their thoughts on the fact that the 2003 version is better
than Brotherhood. Since I recently started to watch the 2003
series, I started to think of several complaints that have to do with the series, although
not too common, but it’s still a complaint nonetheless, this time surprisingly not having
much to do with the 2003 version. Now spoilers if you haven’t completed the
series, but the complaint is that Ed should have sacrificed Hohenheim, his father, in
order to save Al, as Hohenheim died a few days later nonetheless. Now in case you already couldn’t tell, despite
the fact that I believed the people who pointed this out for a while, I think that this complaint
is utter BS. You see, this anime is packed full of philosophy,
and naturally along with that comes different ideologies. To elaborate, something which GoatJesus had
briefly mentioned in his video is that Edward is a humanist. Humanists stress on the importance of human
lives. This fits perfectly with Ed, who didn’t
wish to use the Philosopher’s Stone as it contained the souls of multiple humans. Also, something GoatJesus had also pointed
out in his video is that Ed could also either be a naturalist, which is someone who rejects
supernatural explanations and seeks more grounded ones, or an existentialist, which is someone
who believes that an individual is free to define morality on their own. Remember, check out his video on the matter,
as it is a great analysis. Another aspect I noticed about Ed is the fact
that he is also a deontologist. As I had stated a couple times before, deontology
is a moral ideology, and is the belief that morality is defined in terms of duty, law,
or obligation, meaning that something is immoral thanks to the actual act itself rather than
the end goal, making it a non-consequentialist moral theory, and appears to be another reason
as to why Ed didn’t use the Philosopher’s Stone. Now, do these beliefs really apply to this
situation? Well, we’ll have to find out. So let’s assume his deontologist belief
is the reason as to why these events happen. So he chooses not to sacrifice Hohenheim and
instead chooses to sacrifice his ability to perform alchemy. Now, at first glance, this might seem to make
a bit of sense, but it isn’t really likely to have his deontology play into this. You see, I don’t really think this was something
where he believed the ends don’t justify the means. I mean, he sacrificed his alchemy, and that
was already an option. Furthermore, if it was more of an “ends
do not justify the means” kind of situation, then it would make more sense for it to be
Ed having a situation where he would need to sacrifice Hohenheim to save the world or
something. But nope, it was just him having the alternative
to sacrifice Hohenheim for solely one person, and with there being another alternative at
that. Moving on, naturalism has absolutely nothing
to do with this situation. I mean, nothing needed explanation and nothing
was supernatural, so that’s out of the question. And then there’s existentialism. Now this actually kind of makes sense. I mean, he is deciding what he would do, his
own choice, to sacrifice alchemy, instead of Hohenheim’s choice. However, this is one hell of a stretch, and
is far from likely. I mean, this belief usually refers to when
one doesn’t believe something such as religious texts or scriptures, far different from a
teenager not listening to their dad (especially when that dad asked for his own death). This leaves only one thing, and that is humanism. This fits very well. He is not willing to sacrifice a human life,
especially his own father’s, and instead chooses alchemy. I mean, that’s the only alternative he can
take besides sacrificing a human, and, due to his humanism, he’d choose his alchemy. Now it’s stuff like these, along with the
music, the characters, the art, and the story that make me really love this anime. It is so filled with philosophy, and it’s
just amazing. If you liked this analysis, like and subscribe. Follow me on Twitter, @PhulaTrox, link in
the description, and have a great….alchemic(?)……life….

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