Reminded me of how eastern philosophy says you cant try to get enlightened. He turns supersaian as soon as he doesn’t care anymore (can skip till like the last half/quarter). This a purposeful hidden theme you reckon? Any other places this comes up?
They say at the beginning that Goku is so detached, and what apparently seems Vegita’s apathy is similar in nature; it is our values that bind us to limitation, once freed from them our fears and desires no longer make decisions for us, we are no longer slave to them and we are unconstrained.
Apathy is different to detachment, an apathetic person will still be driven by desires and fears, they just hold no concern for others, true detachment is not about holding no concern for others but about accepting they will come and go and when they do you can invest in them only to fall as they do or you can release all commitment when appropriate.
The underlying theme of enlightenment is to embrace your nature, be true to your sense of justice, yet not allow attachments to form chains to drag you about contrary to that sense.
Dragon Ball in its entirety has so much to do with the balancing that happens in nature that happens within human interaction. Goku is the epitome of good who rises to the occasion to defeat the darkness. He also mentions numerous times that if he were to lose another would rise in his place to keep evil at bay. Not to mention the idea of ki energy flowing through your body. Although you may never become a super saiyin, I believe it may be possible to focus this energy throughout your body. It is a truly amazing series that, I believe, has reached a lot of the generation coming into power within this world. Gundam, specifically Gundam wing and Gundam 0, have a really great philosophical concept.