Heroes, Villains, and Coffee

No one is the one-dimensional, black-and-white, evil caricature that we so wish them to be. No one is the version of a person you worship on a pedestal.
It is easier to hate a cartoon-parody idea; to denigrate a hologram; to blast an artificial; to praise the effigy.
If you and I could sit down for coffee: we would discover multiple dimensions, a mess of motives, hidden layers, two profoundly broken people hanging on.
We are wildly struggling, conflicted, complex.
We are not wholly evil nor holy good.
Let go of heroic prejudice and villainous archetypes. There was only one hero, crushed at a cross; and one villain, who was defeated there too.
So we blood-stained sinners are stripped of pretension and cling to the true good; us sinners saved by an undeserved grace.
The sooner we get there, the sooner we are known and truly know.

— J.S.

9 thoughts on “Heroes, Villains, and Coffee

  1. Reblogged this on amberdover and commented:

    So true J.S! Enjoy the reblog gang :). Not only does this message help us with daily living…it also helps us with writing. This is something to think about when you are creating characters for your book. God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


    1. Yes! While evil certainly exists, there is so much grey in our midst. I’ve found even the worst of us have a searing conscience that wishes to do it all over again.


  2. “Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either — but right through every human heart — and through all human hearts.–” A. Solzhenitsyn


  3. Hello JS. It’s been a month since I’ve been able to connect with and view your blog and I’ve missed some good posts. Now I’m hoping the system will continue to work and I can come back again.
    I really like your thoughts in this post and I know someone I’d like to e-mail this to. May I copy it?


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