- Oct 26, 2017
Squall definitely alludes to having experienced experiencing pain from being close to others in the past. When he comments that Seifer may have been executed for his actions in Timber, he says this:
Rinoa: "Even so! I still hope he's alive."
Squall: (Think what you want. ...Reality isn't so kind. Everything doesn't work out the way you want it to. That's why...) "As long as you don't get
your hopes up, you can take anything... You feel less pain. Anyway, whatever wish you have is none of my business."
Rinoa: "...You're mean. MEANY!!!"
Squall: (What's with her...?) "...Sorry."
So he's motivated by avoiding pain. He spent years crying and hoping his dad and sis would return for him, and now he's closed himself off to anything that can cause that kind of pain for him again. He doesn't remember the details, just that he felt pain before from relying on others and he doesn't want to feel that pain anymore.
This view is somewhat ironic because Squall has formed a bond with Seifer and, although he tries to act stoic, when it's later announced that Seifer has been executed Squall has a bit of an existential crisis over it. He takes the news most poorly of the group. He was the only one that liked Seifer besides Rinoa.