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What Would You Do? The Death of Goku

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Step Four: Think Deep

[Ed. Note: What Would You Do? is a new column run by our newest contributor Lindo Korchi, examining popular scenarios from anime to develop a proper plan of action (or inaction) for any situation.]

When it comes to the Dragon Ball Z universe, it shouldn't come as a surprise that many of us would love to live in the series. And I'm sure most will choose to be the Saiyan version of themselves. However, with that type of lifestyle, things can get complicated and messy.

Here's why: If you were in Gohan's situation during the Cell saga and your ego was the cause of your father's death (Goku, in this case), what would you do? Yup. That went deep, real fast, and without much warning. But that's to be expected from the DBZ universe -- the unexpected. Of course, Krillin knows that more than anyone.

Unlike most of the, What Would You Do? scenarios that have been published to date, this one is really difficult. In my mind, I'd be placed in a dark place, consumed by negative emotions and thoughts; unable to rationalize in a logical way or perceive my situation in a clear perception. It won't be a good place.

As much as I don't want to admit this, I'd have to rely on my family and friends to get by. I don't like the concept of relying on people 100% of the time as I think people should always have a backup. However, I'd say critical times are the exception. And thus, this would be it. But I don't like that either. It's as if my destiny is temporarily given to someone else to decide.

Here's why: due to my ego leading to my father's death, I won't be me anymore. I'd have to rely on my inner circle to help restore the broken pieces. If not, then how much hope would I really have?

While it's true that no matter the cause, I'm still in control of my life, decisions, and bare responsibility for myself. But that doesn't eliminate the unstable state of mind that I'm placed in. This is why we hear stories of people who've gone through devastating times in their lives who've stated that they wouldn't have made it through without their family. There's a reason for that.

It's devastating events, like this, that temporarily remove logical control from a person to a degree, which can lead, and has led, to dark places. Thus, I'd focus on having a circle of individuals who truly care for me, so that if such an event happens, I can trust that they will help me through the journey.

If not, I'll endure the long journey on my own and try to make it through, but the risk of making mistakes and losing myself increases. And I don't want that. In the end, people need people, no matter how "strong" or "independent" we think we might be. It's good to keep in mind.

My question to you: what would you do?

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