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Super Saiyan Humility

Screenshot from Dragon Ball Xenoverse.
When I was younger, I wanted to be Goku. He was strong and he was kind. What more could a little boy ask for in a role model?

For me, living without a father, siblings, or extended family, I yearned for male inspirations I could draw from. I never got into anything harmful or negative in my youth; instead, I turned to anime. Dragonball Z was the one that all us guys wanted to see more of, because it reflected how to be tough while being disciplined. Goku, the main hero of the saga, would always arrive just in time to save the day.

Goku is a Saiyan, a warrior race from the planet Vegeta. His home was annihilated by the evil Frieza, who considers himself emperor over the universe. After landing on Earth as a baby, little by little Goku surpassed trial, foe, and competition to become the strongest fighter on the globe. As the episodes went on, Goku transcended his Saiyan form to become a Super Saiyan.

With all his strength, Goku kept on saving the Earth and going beyond the Super Saiyan until he passed his limits and became a Super Saiyan god, which is a legendary form never seen before. He needed this power to battle the god of destruction, Beerus, who wanted to destroy the Earth.

Everyone wants power and wealth, but sometimes we don’t realize how much harder it is for us to be humble when we get them.

Vegeta is the prince of Saiyans and Goku’s constant rival. He also gained the ability to become a Super Saiyan god, but instead of gathering strength from other Super Saiyans as Goku did, he achieved it through training on his own. This gave him an ego boost since he was able to do it alone, while Goku had help from his friends.

Goku always did the right thing and didn’t have the heart to harm others for no reason. Vegeta, on the other hand, had more than once destroyed entire planets or stadiums full of people. Goku was trustworthy with that amount of power, but Vegeta? Not so much.

How does Goku manage all that power without abusing it? What keeps Goku from losing his cool and blowing up half a continent? The answer is simple.

Humility.

Since the beginning of the series, Goku might flaunt his power to his enemies, but never to his family or friends. His goal has always been to be the best, and even when he achieves that, his humility keeps him from showing off. Compared to other characters who love to puff their chests out, Goku just smiles and keeps training. To him, the power of a god is just a way to defend Earth, a means to an end. Vegeta wants the power of a god to beat Goku, plain and simple. Aside from being the strongest, there is no other underlying motive for his persistence.

If I had Goku’s power, I wonder if I could help myself from giving my “enemies” a little taste of some Super Saiyan God energy blasts. And god-powers aside, I’m not even sure what I would do if I had a little more wealth than I do now, or a little more fame.

Everyone wants power and wealth, but sometimes we don’t realize how much responsibility those things mean, and how much harder it is for us to be humble when we get them.

What keeps Goku from losing his cool and blowing up half a continent?

I am at a point in my life where I’ve been around for a few more years than others. This can place me in a position of power over some people, and gives me the opportunity to be Mr. Know It All. It can be tough when I know the right answer to a problem or have a story to share about a situation, but it’s not the right time to say it. Humility is what reminds me to close my mouth and wait.

Being humble is a character trait that I find hard to act out as I get older, since when I was a child most of my peers knew as much as I did (which wasn’t a whole lot), had around the same social status or toys as each other. If we didn’t, we shared. As adults, people can be very different whether it’s their faith, finances, what kind of relationship they are in, and other factors.

Instead of trying to be the one who has all the answers, I remember Goku, who even with the powers of a god still did all he could to protect his friends, family and home while keeping the same child-like attitude. Having lots of money, notoriety, and relationships doesn’t make you better than someone else. In my eyes, having so many blessings only means to be that much more of a blessing to others. I’ve been to a couple countries where there is a lot of poverty and lack of opportunity, and every time I saw that I was reminded of all that I had waiting for me back home; I was thankful. It also encouraged me to be more of a giver and thank God every single day for all I have. I’m not such a great person, but with motivation from others and the God I believe in, I can have the strength to stay humble and die to my own urge to flaunt my knowledge and possessions.

Michael Morejon

Michael Morejon

Guest Writer at Area of Effect
Michael is a teacher and a lifelong gamer. When not conquering distant world's via console, he can be found reading, watching anime or Netflix, writing, or just enjoying life as a geek in the city. He aspires to travel to Japan and possibly never leave.
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