[Hey, all. This thread's getting scarily long, (which is great, I'm glad people are having fun, grin) so I'm going to restart it here.]
That's not strength. That's sadism.
And you'll be dead anyway, sooner or later. It's just that, if you think that way, no-one will care when you die.
Well. They might celebrate.
*Grins at Hisoka* Maybe everyone has a certain amount of joy they have to spread in the world, either while they're alive or when they're dead, you think? Like the old joke about Hitler dying on a Jewish holiday.
*To Soujirou, still grinning, but it's not so friendly now* And as for you- I was born in the Meiji era. I'm almost a century old and still looking pretty. I could last for another century at least and I probably will. How's that for surviving? How's that for strength?
*sort of half-smiles back when Tsuzuki grins at him.
It deepens to a small but definite smile when Tsuzuki speaks to Soujirou.*
*smiles* A century? It's only the tenth year of Meiji now. That's confusing! *scratches the back of his head*
(Soujirou continues to look cheerful. He either is oblivious or displays no reaction to any hostility directed at him.)
*thinks momentarily about the time disparity, then shrugs and continues*
All this talk about strength really only considers the strength of a person's body. Your heart's strength is more important - the strength to endure all sort of hardships instead of shutting yourself away.
*snorts* Ridding yourself of emotions isn't strength - it's just the opposite. You're really running away because you're afraid of getting hurt.