Protagonist Centered Morality In Real Life

I don’t know what is considered heroic in society anymore.

While I wouldn’t call myself the greatest moral guardian since I’ve fallen short, I would never get away with the things (let alone act on them) so many others would.

The innocent get slaughtered while the guilty are extolled.

The rules are goalposts moved whenever convenient.

They think that some petty reforms or cashing out millions would be enough.

What an insulting consolation prize.

I guess things are only evil when it’s not their “side” doing it much like the so-called protagonists having carte-blanche to do villainous things.

I could make a laundry list of fake fictional heroes gunning unarmed women, abusing children, committing genocide by starvation, or even eating other characters, but we’d be here all day.

Regardless of one’s opinions about scripture, Isaiah said it best.

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.”

There is truth as these double standards are shown.

Shame how everyone thinks they’re the protagonist in their own story.

12 thoughts on “Protagonist Centered Morality In Real Life

  1. Don’t give up hope, humanity is not lost. There are some people who silently observe, but are acting to try and make positive changes, and enact helpful legislations in our world. The voices on the news aren’t the only ones out there. Single-minded people will do dumb things, but that isn’t everyone. I hope you’re doing okay!

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  2. It’s hard to have perspective when we live less than a century. I see the same things you pointed out in your post. Things like the death of innocents and, to be perfectly clear, morally reprehensible.

    And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

    I can’t say there’s a bright side, because I honestly think that’s demeaning. But there is a matter of perspective that has helped me.

    It’s from Churchill, of all people. He said, “Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.… ”

    So my shining light of truth is: Yep, it sucks. But it has sucked worse, and maybe we can make it suck less in the future.

    My inspirational speeches need work, don’t they?

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    • Thanks for seeing what I was trying to say, Terrance. It’s certainly a fallen world on so many levels.

      Understandable. I do want to see some kind of bright side out there, but it can be quite rough.

      I wasn’t aware of that Churchill quote though.

      That’s certainly one way to put it. Haha! Okay, in all seriousness, I do want people to do their best to make the world suck less.

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  3. Your poem reminded me of something Pope Pius XII said back in 1946, talking on the state of mankind today:

    “Perhaps the greatest sin in the world today is that men have begun to lose the sense of sin. Smother that, deaden it — it can hardly be wholly cut out from the heart of man — let it not be awakened by any glimpse of the God-man dying on Golgotha’s cross to pay the penalty of sin, and what is there to hold back the hordes of God’s enemy from over-running the selfishness, the pride, the sensuality and unlawful ambitions of sinful man? Will mere human legislation suffice? Or compacts and treaties?”

    I wonder what he’d say if he saw the world 74 years later, where it seems that “do what thou wilt” has become the maxim of living. Such a mad world we live in today 😓

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    • I didn’t realize my poem had that effect. That quote was something I haven’t heard of, but it does make sense with people not knowing or caring about sin.

      I can see about people acting how they want with no conscience let alone excusing their own actions. Thanks for commenting.

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      • No worries! The reason why I found Pius XII’s quote relevant with yours was because the whole “everyone is their own hero” bit you had there. It makes sense IMO; subjectivize good/evil, and then everything is allowed by consequence. That’s why it bugs me (and you as well) that so many things which should be apparent as bad are being extolled as virtuous here. You’d think that people would know better in general 😰

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      • Thanks. I’ve seen how moral relativism can be egregious whether it’s through basic conversations or examples of injustice. It’s just illogical how evil things can be seen as good by so many people. No problem and I appreciate that.

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