Mito: Your father abandoned you when you were still young to be a Hunter. He chose being a Hunter over raising you!
Gon: Isn’t that amazing? Being a Hunter is so great, he was willing to abandon his own kid! I want to become a Hunter and discover why it was so important to my dad!
On the outside, Gon’s story is simple: he’s a boy who’s looking for his father. It’s a story of adventure and loss and growing up.
On the inside, though, it’s the story of a boy who wants to know why his father abandoned him. It’s a boy who’s chosen to believe that being a Hunter is so great that it was worth abandoning him over the fact that his father just didn’t care. That he wasn’t important enough to the person that should’ve cherished him the most.
Ging’s abandonment reverberates all throughout the series and influences Gon’s conscious and unconscious actions, thoughts, desires. Gon finds it easily to befriend people, but he finds it difficult to truly connect with them. He dislikes being alone and craves company with a desperation he has for little else. He collects mentors. He hardly ever contacts his family.
And the worst of all is, he wants to be a Hunter just like his father. Better. Because his father hasto acknowledge him if Gon becomes the same thing Ging left to be, right?