Rémy: Okay, so, like, alchemy is a legit thing. It’s science. You’d think it would be more widespread and there’d be schools and junk, but there aren’t. Why is that?
Ari: It is strange that there don’t seem to be courses or degrees you can get in alchemy. It’s the…
OH my goodness someone meta-ed on our meta! Wow! I’m ridiculously excited about this…ah anyway, awesome thoughts! I LOVE what you said about the design of the Gate(s) of Truth, and how it was different for each of them. I’ll bet they are personalized, otherwise why would Ed’s even be significant.
I had that thought as well, that alchemy was like magic or super powers, and that only a few people got it, BUT after reading/watching more, there is none of the societal quirks that characterize a society where people get special powers at random. I’m thinking of like Squibs in Harry Potter, which were the people that didn’t get any powers, and were super looked down on (so much so that Dumbledore is lauded as a great guy for giving a squib a job as a janitor, which he hated and during which he got abused by the students every day for years. What a great guy! Sorry, tangent) and full blooded wizards are (soceity wise) superior. If that kind of thing existed in the FMAB universe, then there would be that prejudice, or the distinction between alchemists and non-alchemists. There would be much more of a push for children to learn it, and there would (most definitely) either be special schools (if the society swung towards alchemy being a great thing) or mass discrimination (if it was the opposite. As it stands, the general dislike of alchemists seems more like the general dislike of lawyers. Like, you’re fine if you know one, or have to use one, but there’s still a stigma. From that, and other things, it seems that alchemy is a thing anyone could choose to study, but it takes a buttload of work, and people are suspicioius of who would do so much labor for what amounts to power and only that. This is heightened for State Alchemists, who get money and rank along with the power of alchemy. Anyway, I can’t remember where I was going with that.
claviclez, thank you for contributing! I loved your thoughts! Feel free to meta more with us, we’d love another perspective!