Buraiden Gai – Suffering Originates from Desire?

Buraiden Gai is a short manga by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. Fukomoto is well-known for creating Kaiji and Akagi. It’s a really interesting and intense manga. I recommend checking it out! One page in particular stuck out to me and it was about desire (Remember to read right to left).

This page reminded me of the following quote by Edgar Allan Poe:

“All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire.” — Edgar Allan Poe

What do you guys think?? Do you agree with this notion or the quote? It makes sense to me, but I would love to hear what other people think. This makes me feel negative because of the bottom panel that says, “There’s only a few people who do achieve their dreams … the world has more people who failed.” Is this even true? At the same time, I feel relief from having a greater understanding about suffering.

I’ll leave you with this final quote from Buraiden Gai (Chapter 31)…

“Isn’t dream the same thing as desire?” — Nobuyuki Fukumoto

3 thoughts on “Buraiden Gai – Suffering Originates from Desire?

  1. Desire being the cause of pain and suffering is a very Buddhist kind of thought.

    And yes, while the world is full of people who didn’t achieve their ultimate dreams, most of those people also succeeded in something else, so they really aren’t failures either.

    Then there are many who have no dreams and desires except to make it thru another day. Some don’t even have that. Is that really happy? What gives them the will to go on?

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    • Yes, I was thinking about Buddhism too when I wrote this post!

      That’s very true. Although a lot of us don’t achieve what we originally hoped for, we still achieve something in the end.

      Ah, you bring up a very good point. Hm, I will have to think about this…

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