posted on Feb, 12 2016 @ 10:32 AM
I have recently finished reading the Manga serial called Naruto. It is classified demographically as Shonen, which makes it for boys 8-18, yet the
Manga deals with many mature issues; it discusses war and deep philosophical nihilistic philosophies in contrast to pragmatic positivism in a world of
continuous war. As I was reading, I noticed countless parallels to real world events such as; hate and fearmongering over nationality and creed,
genocide, child slavery, spying and counterintelligence, weapons of mass destruction, restriction of borders and so much more.
When Trump started to call for the closing of borders and the watching of certain groups of people, it caused me to reflect on a certain event from
Naruto. But, before I get into that let me ask my question:
If your government told you that they knew members of your family were treasonist terrorist, would you help bring them to justice even if it meant
Let's go a little further with this hypothetical, what if your government wanted you to take the blame for your family's deaths and then exile you
as a monstrous killer?
I use to think the US government would never think of doing something like this, but now with the chance of a Trump president, I am no longer sure. In
Naruto, the character Itachi chooses to kill his own family to stop them from starting a civil war/social uprising. The government labeled him a
monstrous killer and put a reward on his head, but in reality, he used his position to gain access to anti-government terrorist groups and act as a
double agent. You might ask, why? So that the government would protect his little brother, the only surviving member of his family.
How many US intelligence agents have a similar background? Hopefully not many...
Many of the situations in the comic present though moral questions, and many of the characters seem to be suffering from some form of PTSD. Yet, the
Itachi situation seems to resound with the possibility of President Trump. What if President Trump asked you to turn your brother, mother, or other
family members over to a secret police for interrogation, while you knew that would lead to their deaths? When is it ok to put the state before the
family? Is that ever ok?
I would like to think I could find some way out of this dilemma, but I really do not see how. If I save my family, then I am a traitor to the state.
If I help the state, then my family dies. If I run away, then my family might still die. Is Itachi's solution really the best, to bear the
responsibility like that? Do you think Jesus or Buddha would approve of Itachi's behavior? What do the other religions have to say on this as