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Video Games - How have they inspired you? How have they influenced your thinking? - I explain how Final Fantasy 7 has changed me.
One antagonist in Final Fantasy 7 is a corporation (Shin-Ra) that extracts 'Mako Energy' from the planet. This Mako Energy is converted into electricity using reactors, and that electricity is used to power a surrounding city (Midgar) and other projects. It is a lucrative business and is essential to maintaining Midgar and Shin-Ra's war technologies. You begin the game as the main character (Cloud) and are already directly involved with a vigilante terrorist group; a group whose goal is to destroy these Mako Energy Reactors.
Though Cloud cares little for his group, and is very moody, he continues to be involved in these vigilante missions. As time progresses in the game (meaning you complete more story-line) Cloud learns that Mako Energy is found in all of the living things that inhabit his planet. When a life ends, it's Mako Energy returns to the planet. The Mako Energy is then recycled by the planet and used to create new life. Cloud soon understands that the continued extraction of Mako Energy will result in disabling the planet's ability to support new life. Cloud is aware that Shin-Ra's president knows these dooming facts and that this president is yet still planning to progress with the extractions. This gives Cloud some motivation in supporting his group, and eventually he grows to be the inspiring leader that is key to saving the planet.
How did this influence me?
At the age of 12, with the help of this compelling story, I seriously contemplated my role in society. I began to feel passionately about 'doing the right thing' and began to open my eyes to the people who fight against indifference towards suffering. I realized that greed acts as a lens and distorts perspective. The story helped me to realize that those who act out of malicious greed are ostracized from a moral society. Most importantly I started the process of deciding what my life would be like. I wondered what kind of character I am and what kind I'd like to be.