“I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.”
The answer is very Yes, and anyone who really knows and watches/reads Naruto would agree it’s a proper match. (Otherwise the question to them should be, what is wrong with you? — the answer to that is likely to be either that they did not watch enough eps to get immersed (it took me a fair number before I could stand one of the characters at all), or they are pathological and possibly dangerous to society at large.)
The anime/manga tackles complicated issues: loyalty, jealousy, anger, vengeance, war, preservation, pain, sacrifice; and promotes essential traits, concepts, and acts: dedication, courage, action, responsibility, community, forgiveness, compassion, empathy, respect, trust, teamwork, determination, perseverance.
If the main character were real there would be no better choice for the prize.
Naruto is not nearly well-enough known and appreciated worldwide and, as a work of fiction, cannot qualify or succeed as a Nobel Prize winner. However, given its stories and characters and lessons, and the heights to which it strives toward and reaches, I believe this fictional work deserves recognition in the tradition and intention of the Nobel and similar acknowledgments.
Even better, everyone should watch the show* and be inspired by Naruto; the world would be a better place..
* with subtitles rather than dubbed, unless you’re absurd and also way out of my earshot (thank you)
Ramana Maharshi: You do not know what you were before birth, yet you want to know what you will be after death. Do you know what you are now?” —via Parabola via Ramana Maharshi on Facebook (via sharanam) (via crashinglybeautiful)