Antagonistic Ambivalence

I suppose one drawback to a spiritually enlightened lifestyle is that there are no more villains. I can’t blame my parents. I can’t blame society. I can’t blame historic circumstances. I can’t blame the political structure. I can’t blame some bully from the past. I can’t blame life, the universe, or even a higher-power. The only source-of-woe I can ever blame is me.

That obviously kills all the fun/interesting narratives in which I must struggle against an oppressive power that’s trying to keep me down. From a spiritually enlightened perspective, the only thing putting limits on me, is me. BORING. But that doesn’t mean my foe is weak or takes it easy on me. Oh no, he’s a tough ol’ bastard that keeps the pressure on.

And being both giver and receiver leaves me with no room to rest — no chance to shift the blame to some bystander so I can take a breather. Did that person just insult me?! Oh, I suppose I manifested external turbulence due to my lack-of-presence — and perhaps I interpreted the scene aggressively because I was internally unbalanced. Oh well, I suppose I better try harder and work on my presence. BORING.

I mean eventually, after all this presence practice, what will I be left with? A calm demeanor and reasonable reactions?! BORING. I guess at that point I’ll have stopped resisting life and given in to enjoying life instead. Maybe that won’t be so boring. And I guess it is a bit silly to keep trying to manufacture enemies to fight against. Note to self: Not all stories require villains ya know! Sheesh!


Hero vs Villain

What is a villain, but one who attempts to shape the world into what he envisions. What is a hero, but one who attempts to help others shape their lives into what each envisions. The villain engages in selfish indulgence whereas the hero engages in selfless sacrifice.

In other words, a villain sees himself as the center of the world and tries to force his surroundings to conform to his idea of the perfect life. A hero sees the struggling of others and tries to remove their hinderances, allowing them to live their personal idea of the perfect life.

For example, a villain may take from or manipulate others in order to fulfill his desires. Whereas a hero may give resources or his efforts to others in order to allow the fulfillment of their desires. A villain may disturb as many lives as necessary in order to control life. Whereas a hero attempts to reduce disturbance in as many lives as possible.

A villain uses any advantage he has to excel against others whereas a hero uses any advantage he has to help others excel within themselves. A villain hinders the journey of others whereas a hero facilitates it.