The conversation Gil had with Enkidu really just shows the peak of Gil’s character and why I love him so much. As king he feels the need to put humanity on the right path, even if it means being distant and sometimes cruel to his people. That he loves humans, but he can’t tell them how much he cares for them because he needs to keep his emotional distance in order to be objective in their survival against the gods. And that Enkidu is his first friend, and the only one he can talk to about this because they are neither human nor god, so he doesn’t have to rule or reject them. That despite taking a path where no one could get close enough to love him, he loves Enkidu, and that as long as they are by his side that he won’t be alone in his fight against the gods. And then later when he recounts his journey. He was merely a person who didn’t want to die. And how he didn’t learn how to relate to people until everything he wished and worked for was stolen from him in an instant. They reference what he says in CCC about laughing when he discovered the herb was stolen. How that acceptance of death allowed him to become a great king, one who didn’t just protect humans but knew their constant pain and acceptance of death. He’s the star of creation that split heaven and earth, the godking who was enough above humans to lead them on their own independent path, but similar enough to humans to love and cherish and understand them. And then, he holds off on disappearing until he can check on his people one last time, to see that all his work wasn’t for nothing, and that even without him there to lead them humans will continue to forge their own path without the gods and survive.
Long Live Coppy Patch
Long Live Coppy! Here’s a patch! For you! Don’t say we don’t spoil you.
2.68″ wide x 4″ tall. Custom woven with a heat seal adhesive on the back. Ready to ship in mid-March.