In “Lone Wolf and Cub”, a man loses his wife and his job and is left to bring up his only child by himself. In a country beset by economic turmoil and with zero support, he wanders from assignment to assignment, taking care of the little one as best as he can. Times are tough but in spite of it all, the protagonist attempts to teach his son the values of his socio-economic class and the skills that he will need.
Unfortunately, it’s not the only thing that the father teaches the son. He also hands down his own emotional baggage and in the final scenes, it becomes clear that the child is so damaged that only a radical sacrificial act can hope to free him from the chains of the past.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
Well, hopefully not the last bit. After all, most of us are fortunate enough not to have a violent father sworn to vengeance against pretty much the whole world. Even if we were not that lucky, most of us hopefully, would prefer our children to not inherit the crap that we’ve had somehow accumulated and that they have an opportunity to create their own crap.
Are you on a mission of vengeance? And if so, how do you make sure you don’t pass it on to your kid (or kids)?