Mufasa’s Ghost: [ ] Simba, you have forgotten me.
Adult Simba: No. How could I?
Mufasa’s Ghost: You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of life.
Adult Simba: How can I go back? I’m not who I used to be.
Mufasa’s Ghost: [ ] Remember who you are. You are my son and the one true king. Remember who you are.
Adult Simba: [ ] No! Please! Don’t leave me!
Mufasa’s Ghost: Remember.
One of the tragic scenes in The Lion King is Mufasa’s untimely murder. I remember it from my childhood and it hurt to see such a strong father figure die. But recently I visited my sister Jessica and watched the film again. This time, I watched my nephew Henry along with the movie. My sister explained how it is hard for him to see any films where the parents die. In fact he will cry because it upsets him so. But with The Lion King he didn’t. I thought about it and realized it is because Simba sees his father again. He wasn’t really gone. In his little mind he had connected the two scenes.
My little nephew understood something so beautiful I myself subconsciously believed when I was a child. Death is not the end. The true tragedy is not living our lives to our true potential. We truly all must remember who we are.