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Things able-bodied people need to stop saying to the chronically ill.


• “At least you’re not dying!”
• “You’re only disabled if you let yourself be.”
• “You need to tell yourself you’re going to get better, else you won’t.”
• “But you can’t be in pain ALL the time, don’t exaggerate.”
• “You don’t LOOK ill.”
• “There’s so many people worse off than you.”
• “I’m sure you don’t REALLY need help.”
• “Sometimes it’s easier to just give up.”
• “Stop being so negative.”



i want everybody who thinks jak, for some reason, doesn’t value daxter as one of if not the most important people in his life, to watch this. in this small 1-minute clip we can tell so much about jak and daxter’s relationship, and we can infer how much the boys have changed since the first game. jak and daxter have both had experience with dark eco, but in very different ways. daxter fell into a pit of the stuff which would have killed anybody else, except jak, on principle. jak has been slowly pumped full of the stuff over two years, and you can understand from the get-go that jak has never transformed into dark jak until daxter meets him in the first scene in the second game. we know this because the baron and erol both believed their experiments had failed them, even though jak lasted longer than the others. because of this, jak’s life was no longer of any value to them, and he was to be killed that night. jak is special because he’s an eco channeler—he’s always had a special ability to make precursor technology function on another level, and to successfully channel various types of eco naturally. daxter, on the other hand, has no such experience as far as we know. the dark eco that had such a slow and insidious effect on jak only served to turn daxter into another species.

despite this difference in the effects of eco on both of them, and despite jak’s experience lasting him over two years and daxter’s lasting him around 10 seconds, jak reminds daxter not to touch the dark eco, because they don’t know what would happen to him. the person who has been through two years of experiments and an excruciatingly slow change in his body is concerned that the person he’s talking to, who only described his experience with he dark eco as “man, that stung,” to be careful.

this also serves as a reminder that jak has absolutely not forgotten what happened to daxter in the first game. he remembers everything, and he still brings it up as a point of significance. it is important that daxter is no longer human. it is important to jak that daxter has been touched by dark eco for even ten seconds, even though jak had been touched by it for years.

despite this immense amount of care that jak must have to tell someone like daxter who will never know of jak’s two years of torture and will only see the effects of them, jak trusts daxter’s decision when daxter tells him he’ll be okay and that he couldn’t be worse. and jak trusts him, despite fearing that more dark eco could mess him up more. daxter, making light of jak’s fears, almost drops the crystal and i don’t think i’ve ever seen jak move as fast to save him.

jak barrel roll over daxter in order to prevent the dark eco crystal from even touching daxter, despite the fact that he just touched it, because he didn’t know what it would do, and it ended up being very possibly dangerous. it turns jak invisible, when it could have very well turned him dead. jak doesn’t care. he knows very well at this point that the crystal could have done something to daxter, trusts that daxter knows what he’s doing, and when it turns out he doesn’t, jak shows he’s willing to sacrifice himself regardless.

daxter is arguably the most important person to jak, the only one who’s been through ANYTHING like what jak has been through, and even though we can see through daxter’s testimonial that the actual dip in the dark eco pit wasn’t as awful as jak’s was, jak sees that incident as equivalent to his own and deserving of just as much concern.




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