Not Falling Off Ledges, Power and Wisdom (eclective) wrote,
Not Falling Off Ledges, Power and Wisdom

If leaps of faith are courageous, why is falling off ledges the action of one who lacks courage?

Okay, so this is no longer today's prompt, but yesterday's prompt was something like "what's the biggest leap of faith you've ever made"? And I kept meaning, at various points throughout the day, to respond to it, but it never actually happened because I was too busy posting about, er, the Falenan national anthem.

But anyway, the instant image that came to my mind was "...the Solitary Island, of course". And I wasn't even punning; that scene is just so strongly associated in my mind with the phrase "leap of faith", and even though it wasn't literally me taking it per se, in my mind I was there along with her. (I now know that "leap of faith" there was a change in the English version on censorship grounds, but it never occurred to me that that scene had been censored; it was pretty obvious what was happening, and I always assumed Cid was just trying for gallows humour. I still can't think of the phrase "perked 'em right up" without going "eep!", either. I always thought "leap of faith" was very poignant phrasing, actually, in the sense of having faith that the next life will be better than this, having faith that it won't hurt too much, etc.-- putting all your trust in this one act to make things better-- so I was kind of disappointed that it wasn't what had been said in the Japanese...)

And then I started thinking, "huh, that's not really what they mean. So what other leaps of faith have I taken?" And the next thing my mind immediately went to was... platform games. You know those parts in badly-designed platformers, that are how you can really tell a platformer is badly-designed, when you have to take a jump off a ledge not knowing if there's actual ground beneath you and just hoping you'll aim right? That's known in games journalism as a "leap of faith", or at least used to be when 2D platformers were the standard and before controllable cameras made the term obsolete. I know there was one big leap of faith in a first-party platform game that always bothered me because I thought such things were poor game design, but I can't remember exactly where it was at the moment... anyway, I know it's this really long drop from several screens above, and it's fairly easy to make it, but you can miss. That probably counts, because it always annoyed me even when I knew how to do it. I believe in a model of platformer design that allows you to navigate any obstacle on your first try using just skill and logical deduction, and a leap of faith doesn't allow you to use either; it's pure guesswork, the first time you do it.

And that is pretty much the gist of how my mind works. I thought about all of that before my mind even touched the idea of leaps of faith that didn't involve, you know, jumping; I had to get past those two ideas, and the fact that I was considering them as serious responses to the question, before I could even think about what the question writers actually meant.

And, you know, I can't actually think of any metaphorical leaps of faith I've taken. I'm sure I have, but they don't come to mind. And I like my answer better, anyway. So there it is.

And now a quick headcount, because y'all do keep coming out of the woodwork on this one and I want to know HOW MANY OF YOU ARE OUT THERE, dammit.

Have you ever actually played Suikoden V?

Played and finished!
Played but not finished

Have you played any of the Suikoden series?

Played and finished!
Played but not finished
This plot... I don't understand it.

Optional extras:

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
I can believe things that are true and I can believe things that aren't true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they're true or not.
I believe that Gizel Godwin is secretly a Republican.
I believe in a thing called love!
Everytime I hear a newborn baby cry, or touch a leaf, or see the sky, then I know why I believe!
Tags: ff6, poll, suikoden, videogames
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