xthr wrote:I believe blindness and stupidity is a very integral part of having a strong will. Maybe I am just disillusioned, but I feel that if you are unable to throw out your intellect and reason, you will not have a very strong will. Simply, when faced with all the improbabilities in the world, a "smart" person would rationally take the easy way out, perhaps trying to live a good and just life, but not doing all the idiotic things a person with a strong will would do.
Really, a strong will may be necessary in legends and epics, but in RL, I think dedication is more important than RAWR I GAR
Edit: GARserker would just be like nero and eat everyone whole.
I disagree. I think having a strong will is more of you following your own will rather than conforming to the wishes of others. I don't think it has anything to do with stupidity. For instance, resisting constant peer pressure to do things you believe are wrong, requires a strong will. Intelligence and will have little connection. Taking the easy way in actuality is usually the worse option. Will is more the mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses or decides upon a course of action, while intelligence is general mental ability to permit complex, unstereotyped, purposive responses to novel or changing situations. Just so you know, dedication is a synonym for a strong will.
Maybe I should have put this in a better way. The kind of will found in GAMES/ANIME/MOVIES/LEGENDS is what I consider to be very much related to a strong stupidity. It's the kind of stupidity that sprouts out "But it's not zero percent. In my case that's as good as 100 percent!"
I don't agree with taking the "easy way out" is generally the wrong answer. At least not in the way I meant it. Sure standing up for yourself/others is a good thing, but there are always situations when trying to be a hero is not smart. A "GAR" person in real life might run back into the fire to try to save someone else. But since they don't really have plot armor in real life, they will most likely die a rather horrible death, and cause much grief to others.
Think about shirou in FSN. Think of all the points that he could have EASILY died. How do you think his death would have affected others? I am fairly certain Sakura would pretty much give up living. Rin would have been rather sad, no matter how she looks on the surface. She will most likely be a more hardened person, and not quite as kind as she is. Taiga would have been sad. So would Saber, because she would feel responsible for his death. If he actually was careful, he would be more likely to survive through the War. I'm not saying that he should be like Shinji, but if he was more careful, instead of so... incredibly GAR.
I'm just saying only in romanticized legends will the statistically impossible occur every freaking time. Don't get me wrong, I like them like your average person, but I'm saying it just doesn't work. It's my opinion.