Reblogged from crrahsa-yamah
"Since you asked about alchemy, I thought of another way to explain it.
"Have you ever seen an apple? On the inside, that is. Have you eaten one?
"Okay, so let’s talk about an apple. You know what an apple is like, all dense and solid, but there’s juice inside. Well, say that this apple wants to transform into juice. Let’s pretend that juice is its ideal form, what it’s trying to be in the deepest parts of its self.
"So— how do you get the juice out of the apple? You purify it. You crush it, and strain out all the solid part. Say that you can get it perfectly crushed, get absolutely all the juice out of the apple. Now it’s completely pure; it’s the sheer essence of itself.
"It’s apple juice. But what happened to the apple? It’s gone. It’s been totally destroyed. Whatever mass of dry fibers is left over is just the withered husk of something dead. There’s no apple anymore. But that’s okay, because you have apple juice, and that’s what you wanted.
"It’s like that— except the apple is also you. When you completely crushed it, you also crushed yourself. You’re also gone. The purified part, the bit that got through, is worth it. But it won’t ever happen unless you go through with it. You’re using intense destructive force on the apple, of course. But it isn’t cooking. The only way it’ll work is if you’re fully using that force on yourself too.
"Well, no, I didn’t say it was the most efficient way to make apple juice. But the Philosopher’s Stone can’t be made with just cooking, you know? It’s part of you. There’s only one way for you to go, and it’s through that strainer."