Ikiru = To Live

In Japanese, Ikiru 生きる means “To Live.”

I was playing Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and the students were talking about the purpose of life. I thought that Kaito Momota’s statement, “Life’s purpose is to be lived!” was quite interesting.

What does it mean, though? The statement makes sense, but it’s also so vague. If I try to go deeper, I become stuck. Does it even have a deeper meaning?

Back in March 2018, I wrote a post about the similarities between the 1952 film, Ikiru, and the 2017 anime, Inuyashiki. I think that both series show what the purpose of life means to the protagonists. From what I gather from these two works, I think the common theme is that helping other people –> brings meaning to their lives. I don’t believe that this is the same for everyone, though. Maybe this is the answer, but I don’t think it’s that simple.

Maybe we will find out the answer on our own. I just hope that I won’t be close to retirement by then (like in Ikiru and Inuyashiki)…

If you have any thoughts about this topic, please let me know!

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