Do we? Really? Us two good people and the rest is to be treated with care and under suspicion. In my time as a social worker, I had the misfortune or maybe priveledges to meet quite a few people that were considered bad people. People that were in jail or did others or themself very wrong. But I never meet a bad person. I never meet anybody that had no good side, no positive quality.
The writer’s view
I think as a writer one gets a different perspective on good and bad and people too. Every story needs a villain. And if it´s just the mind of a character that turns against them, something or somebody has to. There has to be something wrong or there is no story. But the biggest villain of every story is the writer him-/her-/theirself. We are the ones that let all those horrible things happening to the protagonist. It is the main job of a writer to put as much as they can in the way of their characters. I still wouldn´t say that I am bad. I love my characters very much. I trust that they will overcome the adversities, finding happiness and growth through and after them.
An ungrateful job
I wouldn´t want to be the bad guy. It´s not my idea of a nice life if everybody hates me. Or if I had to make huge efforts to forget or overlook that everybody hates me. If I had to cast an actor or an actress for the role of the bad guy I would choose the most passionate about the project and/or the most compassionate one for that. That person will have to put the same energy into it as the others, maybe even more playing against everybody, but will never get the same positive attention as the hero. Even if people appreciate the performance from a professional point of view, being people, at least subconsciously, they will always flow towards the good one. In that sense, from the perspective of the story, the bad guy really is quite the hero.
The necessary evil
And if being the bad guy sucks it would probably suck absolutely to be badness itself. I know, that thought seems far of but some religions and cultures do have gods or characters that represent evil or adversity, that represent badness in general. Why would they give badness that much importance to make it a god or goddess? Does it deserve that? I think it does. In a dual world, a dual university of mater I think there simply has to be darkness. How else would you describe light? How would be define anything good, how could anything good exist if there wasn´t an opposite to hold it against? In order to live fully and not just survive unconsciously, it might help to focus on the question of how somebody can be good, what does being good need. Instead of labelling people as bad and wonder how we can keep them out and away. After all, what we focus on is most likely to happen, to come out, good or bad, even in other people. And don´t forget that people always have the capacity to change, for the worse but also the better. In that sense, we are more potential than form.
Raising my hat
I think it was a great misfortune for me to meet these people that had done wrong because otherwise, I could have just gone on putting labels on people to feel better about myself and safer about the controllability and predictability of this world. I wouldn´t have to face the fact that I was very prejudiced and made it very easy for myself. And it was a privilege to meet them because they taught me to know better, to know that there are no bad people, no wrong people only people that have done wrong.