Monday, January 11, 2010

There's a little bit of good in every villain

My villains come from all over.

Those of you who have read my meanderings on character development know I don't believe a person (real or fictional) is all good or all evil.

How many of you have seen this bit of internet trivia?

It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three leading candidates.

Candidate A: Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He's had two Mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B: He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C: He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be your choice? Decide first, no peeking, then scroll down for the answer.

Based on those descriptions, who wouldn't select "Candidate C"? If you're familiar with this riddle, however, you know that Candidate C was only married a few hours before he and his longtime mistress-turned-wife committed suicide. Candidate C was also one of the most prolific mass-murderers of all time, killing more than 2.7 million people. Most of us wouldn't select Adolf Hitler to use a ruler, let alone rule anything!

Obviously, he had some good qualities. Clearly he took care of his own health -- well, up until the suicide thing.

My point is there had to be some spark of good in that 99% evil man.

The same is true for the woman at the dry cleaners who always manages to lose your clothes. Or the jerk who cut you off on the way into work. Or the paperboy who can never manage to deliver the paper onto the porch. Those everyday people have some evil. And some good.

So where do my villains come from? The people who tick me off, of course! I know they probably aren't really as bad as I imagine them, but it sure makes me feel better to write them that way and to know they "get what's coming to them" in the end!

Now that I think about it, maybe that's the reason I like this t-shirt so much.




Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

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