this is a shortented version of what I've already expressed to you in personal email Jeffy05,
through listening and understanding the meaning of the lyrics behind the song. I realized the reason for both the forgotten man and the flying men is. to be destroyed. so that you may survive. their entire purpose and reason for existing is meant only to be your tool. your own personal tool that helps you survive. they're reason for existing is to die. but not to die for no reason. their reason for existing is to die for you. so that you can still be healthy. to rob them of their death is to rob them of their existence. for them, not dying for you, is the same as already being dead. as you robbed them from the meaning of their life.
proving to me again, there is no real Identity of right and wrong. as when I was younger. I knew that no matter what if I had them on my team. they would die. so I never used them. I always ventured out alone. and I had them survive. it was to overly overbearing for me to deal with the fact that one of them might have died. so I selfishly robbed their meaning of existense from them. by making it so they couldn't help me until they died. so they couldn't die for me in passion. instead I gave them a life without meaning. a life without meaning that is equal to death. it wasn't till I heard the lyrics of the song. that I realized how horrible I was. for forcing them to live. while their entire reason for existing is to be my tool. it is for them to die for me. and when they die. they'll die happy, happy knowing they tried their absolute hardest to save me life.
before hearing this song. I couldn't understand why in Samurai stories why they were seemingly suicidal. and didn't want to be left alive. but after hearing the lyrics of that song. I realized. that to them. their meaning of life. their reason to live. is to die in battle. to die for those they love. to die, for what they believe in, to die. so those that they love. may live a better life. much like. all those who die and suffer in war. they don't want to die from catching a cold. they'd rather die with a bullet in their body, or having their limbs blown off. to die for a cause.
but what have I learned from the flying men?
that some people exist and live lives for reasons that I could never understand. that their life and identity of what life is could be so dynamically different from my own identification of what lifes all about.
To be reeeaaalllly honest, the "cherish every moment"/"don't take anything for granted"/"live every day as if it were your last" moral is one that is somewhat cliché..
But I do love Itoi's take on it. He can take a beaten, dead horse and turn it into a rodeo.
as all things that are cliche. they are all true, but since they are cliche. we are numb to the trueness behind the meaning. in other words. the message lacks sustenance. it's like eating candy that looks like broccoli. the phrases have become so synthetic. it's like taking that healthy broccoli and turning it into a sugary snack the looks and feels like broccoli.... but when you eat it. you aren't digesting the nutrients that consist of broccoli.
the lyrics of the song, took away the syntheticness of it away, allowing me to get the proper nutrients that my body ultimately truly desires.
that's why I believe that it's sometimes okay to beat a dead dog with a stick. because, sometimes people need to see that dead dog get beat, to realize the meaning of what it is to beat a dog.