New sketch! (Well, sort of new… Which (oddly) semi-relates to what I am talking about below…)
Btw, he’ll have a shirt on in the final version. 😛 This is just for anatomic purposes…
“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.” ~Proverbs 16:2
“Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.” ~John Barth
In stories, villains (if done right) believe that what they are doing is right, and that they are perfectly justified. Sound familiar? It happens all around this world too. Essentially, we have the ability to become either ‘good’ or ‘bad’, since we are all protagonists of our own stories. Who would pursue something that they knowingly knew was “bad?” We all mentally persuade ourselves that we are doing what is right for ourselves. When we are facing a difficult decision and have cognitive dissonance, whereas, we do something that doesn’t fit into our core beliefs, we rationalize our actions away (a.k.a. fool ourselves) into further believing that what we are doing is okay. (Not all of the time, but it happens.) But for every action there is a reaction and every negative has a positive. Even if you don’t believe in good and evil (that nothing is good or evil, except what we put labels on), it remains that– in this world– we exist in a place of dichotomies; of differences, of opposites. So, let’s all be mindful of how we are affecting others. If the villain in a story never sees him/her/itself as being “evil”, let’s be careful with our own thinking as well. (We don’t want to end up as someone’s ‘villain’… at least, intentionally… we will probably always be someone’s antagonist though) At least let’s stop lying to ourselves about what actions fit with our belief systems. Is it easier to change our actions or change our beliefs to fit with our actions?
“The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it.”
“A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.”
“You can understand and relate to most people better if you look at them — no matter how old or impressive they may be — as if they are children. For most of us never really grow up or mature all that much — we simply grow taller. O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales.”