Perfect Memento: The Pride of Youkai
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This section was added to the Gensokyo Chronicle's article on "Youkai Presence" during Gensokyo year 129. As with all of Akyu's writings, some of the specifics should be taken with a grain of salt, i.e. Kogasa doesn't seem particularly pleased with herself. As it says in the footnote, "pride" isn't exactly the right word for it ...
妖怪の矜持 (Youkai no Kyouji)
This phenomenon is relatively poorly-understood, since its precise nature was only recently figured out.
At its most basic form, it appears that a youkai is proud to be one.
They are glad to be youkai, and some feel a sense of superiority over all non-youkai because of it.
However, it appears to run much deeper than that.
It is certainly distinct from the pride humans have in themselves.
The first aspect is its universality.
All youkai experience the Pride of Youkai, without exception.
Even the most humble youkai have the Pride of Youkai.(*3)
This includes even those who were born human, and became youkai through magic or other means.(*4)
Humans, however, are not always proud of being human as such.
The second aspect is that it closes their consciousness towards being other than a youkai.
A youkai never has any desire to become a non-youkai.
Indeed, the idea of becoming a human (for example) would cause confusion or discomfort to a youkai who considered the possibility.
The third aspect is the psychological resilience.
The mind of a youkai, like their body, is much more durable than that of a human.
This enables a youkai to live for centuries without changing, when a human might go mad from the long lifespan.
Until recently, this was the only commonly-known aspect of Youkai Pride.
(*3) In that case, perhaps "pride" is not the best word for it...
(*4) Though some gain it sooner or quicker than others.
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