Sometimes I have the sneaky suspicion I think way too much. Then I realize, sure dummy, that’s really all we do. Well, besides eating, sleeping and our daily visit to the pooper. Hell, even then most of that time is probably spent thinking about something. And that’s when I came to realize that maybe I should start writing some of these ponders down as Brig’s Ponders.
It may surprise you that I’m a man who holds pretty strongly to his religious beliefs. Laugh, scoff as you might, but I truly believe all of us believe in something. Even if that something is chaotic chance, then we all hope that our dice will role 7 or 11 and that the roulette wheel of life will stop on 00.
That said, I always find it interesting how many people can say they believe or not in something and then get defensive when someone dares challenges not their belief itself, but the representation of that belief.
Here’s an example, this weekend at our family’s weekend Bible study we were discussing Jesus’ first sermon as written in Luke (Luke 4:14-30). (No, I’m not turning this into a sermon, bear with me for a moment.)
What’s interesting is how the crowd at the temple reacted to this sermon. And it made me realize something. If I think Jesus is an antagonist. Then that would have to mean that it’s possible that Antagonists don’t necessarily have to be evil.
If that’s the case, then maybe not only is a foundational element of many people’s faith is challenged, but also our views on storytelling.
Is it really required for the Antagonist to always be evil? Could not our hero be the Antagonist?
This got me thinking and it hit me as such a revelation that I knew I had to ask if I was right about this? The responses were awesome.
“The hero doesn’t have to be a good guy, but there needs to be conflict, which can come from an antagonist.” – Vampire Mob (by Joe Wilson)
And he’s not alone. Danslatable had this to say:
“Most certainly not. Although the antagonist would be perceived as “evil” even if they are the heroic type.” – Danslatable
Of course this sets off a whole new set of questions then.
If we change our views so that the role of the antagonist is no longer evil but good, and that of the protagonist is no longer good but evil. How much of our own world view change? What about those we think of being criminals? And of course what about those who’s beliefs are so very different from ours.
Makes you ponder doesn’t it? How such a simple shift in something so simple can have now really wondering, “What makes the bad guy bad and what makes the good guy, good?” (And people wonder why I prefer independent television and movies!)