It's that time of year when my daughter and I get out the Bond movies, Danger Man and The Prisoner and for several days enjoy rewatching these faves.
Part of the fun is comparing and examining the villains involved. You need 'good' villains to make a story move. It's true for my novels, which are proceeding apace. More on that later next year, unless there is a catastrophe preempting life as we know it.
Bad guys in real life are what interest me for the purpose of the post.
All through history people have had villains. Pharaoh, Goliath, King George III, Santa Anna, Hitler, Mao, Stalin and so the list goes on and on. Most agree the aforementioned are bad guys. But there are those who would disagree. They equivocate, usually to cover their own agenda, which often is to muddy the water for current villains, such as the collectivist members of our gov and their minions. They in turn have their chains pulled by higher ups on the food chain. Presidents are no exceptions. Even at their best they are tips of the iceberg committee.
Or the moral equivocators demonize Moses, Jefferson, a host of military/political leaders who have fought for Freedom simply to make recent presidents etal seem 'ok'. And I've already elsewhere talked of aggrandizing Lincoln to bolster the current occupier of the Oval Office.
Truly, we must study history and dig into it to find truth. For, make no mistake, good and evil have woven their way through the threads of our lives. And no one is perfect. But you know people by their fruits.
Adversaries push us to fight. Why and how we fight are the crux of existence.
Sure, a king, dictator etc might crystalize a fight against tyranny. They have and are now. People have individual reasons for joining. National pride, God, other things come to play. Rightfully, there are good purposes for fighting ie on all levels in all ways.
It boils down to control or Liberty. It is choice. Maybe the prolog to John Wayne's Alamo says it best: "the decision that all men in all times must face...the eternal choice of men...to endure oppression or to resist."
I'm not going to go into what's good and evil beyond this. We've taught our kids right and wrong with no moral equivilancy. Not murdering, stealing, raping destroying, these and more come to mind. There are enough who say black is white, white is black, orange is blue. It is coming down to a defining moment.
Perhaps the most defining moments await us in 2013. We will see. Things are coming to a head. And those who embrace collectivism/evil will face those who embrace Liberty/good.
Villains will be outed. They never hide for long Or better, they are never able to hide and people resound with 'ENOUGH'.