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Squall is unquestionably a deep thinker. In sometimes frightening objectivity and understanding, Squall dives into the heart of the issues that crowd his life. In the privacy of his mind, he rationalises the world and its happenings with oftentimes shocking detachment and scorn.

quote_l I think the world needs
both people like you and
  people like us. quote_r

Squall

Squall finds his mind drifting towards contemplation as he is inspired by events as they transpire, much tot he beguilement of those around him. Quistis recognises there's more going around in his head than one would expect. Seifer labours to disclose all those things Squall hides from those around him to himself, if not the world at large. Rinoa first playfully, then more seriously pesters him into divulging his thoughts without much success. She and the others are baffled: how can they understand him if he won't reveal his thoughts and feelings?

quote_l Right and wrong are not
what separate us and
  our enemies. It's our
different standpoints, our
perspectives that separate
  us. quote_r

Squall

Although Squall was here referring to a larger concept spurned from the stark difference in conflict resolution tactics between the Galbadian and Fisherman Horizon's respective governing bodies, there's a certain irony that can be drawn, one that reflects Squall's understanding of what separates himself from others. Squall's perspective on what a relationship qualifies as—in no sugar-coated terms, nothing much—is vastly different from what those around him believe to be true. The character "enemy" no longer has place here, replaced instead by the grander being of "other": the all-encompassing mass that Squall isn't able to connect with, the multitude Squall is all of obsessed with, scornful of, and deeply frightened by.

But though Squall keeps his thoughts to himself out of fear, it is a fear that stems from his long-standing conviction that he must rely on himself and himself alone. If he were to let the secrets of his mind out into the open, he may simply be sharing a part of himself, but the repercussions would be enormous, as he would be allowing himself to trust others and thus the beginnings of a not-quite-so-shallow relationship.

Rinoa proves to be the conduit through which he can allow his thoughts to manifest in a less private way. She inspires him with her openness, with her ability to wear her heart on her sleeve without shame. Secretly, he wishes to do the same—perhaps not to the same extent and perhaps not in the same way, but undoubtedly to some degree. His inner quips mask his jealousy. His jealousy protects his inner hurt, which he slowly admits to existing. When the perfect opportunity to safely unload presents itself in the form of Rinoa's unconscious self, Squall doesn't let it slip by. And the dam breaks.

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