One of the most challenging chapters of one’s life is dealing with the overwhelming emotions pertaining to adversity. It’s a mountain that we all must climb at some juncture of our lives, and we must be attentive of every step along that tempestuous journey. It’s this very struggle that, oftentimes, creates a brand new segue in our waking moments, allowing for us to grow in ways we couldn’t imagine.
Every natural disaster that humanity has experienced has somehow allowed us to be more resilient, emotionally in control, and most importantly unite with those around us in harmonious ways. Take Japan’s 3/11 incident that saw a country tremble in fear as a massive earthquake and tsunami engulfed the northern part of the nation, leaving hundreds of thousands without homes, and many having lost loved ones.
However, throughout this tremendous tragedy, we witnessed a country bounce back like no other, in the face of adversity, and rebuilt itself to become even more formidable than ever before. This brings us to Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories, a title that takes place in Japan where an enormous earthquake devastates the city, and it’s up to you to decide your fate. After spending a great deal of time not only living here in Japan but with the game, here’s what Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories teaches us about overcoming adversity.
We Must Learn to Accept the Uncertainty of Life
Let’s face it, life is uncertain, and no matter how many times you try to control the outcome, the powers that be make it very clear that you aren’t. Every waking moment is another mysterious journey that we all must embark on, and we must trudge along with the equipment that we have with us: the clothing on our backs, our sanity, and the necessary ingredients to survive.
The ego does a great job of pulling us out of the present moment, in hopes that at some point, it will prevail and take control of everything. The problem here is that the ego is made up of nothing more than fragmented memories that derive from unresolved emotional disturbances. It knows nothing of the infinite resources that lay around us and so due to its limited belief systems, the ego then screams out in terror and often creates unfavorable scenarios for not only the person thinking in this way, but everyone around this person.
What Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories teaches us here is that life is uncertain and the only way to truly live a certainly joyous life, we have to accept the uncertainties that come along with it. The Yin cannot exist without the Yang, the mother without her child, the light and the dark. Life works in duality and so we as humans must learn to live in the infinite moment that is now, accepting our fate whatever it may be.
Let’s be honest, many of us are stuck in the perpetual rat race, running in this constant loophole called a working life, hoping that some change will happen at some point. By now, I’m sure you’re aware of the term insanity and what it can to do you mentally, so I’ll refrain from exploring that topic too deeply. The point here is that through disaster, or rather a great change, do we as humanity come together as one to create unity.
The COVID-19 situation is another fantastic example of this and through this circumstance, it has allowed for more people to unite and come together, in spite of the adversities that lie ahead. Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories paints a very similar picture and frames it quite nicely for the player, putting them directly in the driver’s seat and having the player make critical decisions on the fly. You can either be a complete dick and face the consequences later, or you can unite with other survivors to ensure that more can hopefully live to see another day.
The desire for peace and love can only from releasing the ego and showing more compassion to those around you. Ignoring, playing favoritism, acting rudely; these types of behaviors only negate the chances of establishing greater relationships and ultimately reuniting humanity. Through adversity, however, it seems that the ego, much like an earthquake, trembles so much that it cannot maintain itself and thus it cracks on the surface. It is only when the ego cracks do we finally see life for what it truly is on a deeper level, and can come together with a justified understanding that we’re all in this together.
In order to truly love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you. Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories illustrates this very well. One seed can help grow one thousand Trees. Through adversity, be that seed and help others grow by planting your love into their hearts, so they too can move forward.