Batman. Hero. Dark. Brooding. Has crossed some lines. Buffy. Her epitaph read “She saved the world. A lot.” She was good, a savior, but she had a darkness within her. Dexter, had a dark passenger within him. Well, he was an actual murderer. But he believed he followed a moral code. His example may be too much. How about we throw Elsa Bloodstone into the mix. A monster hunter dealing with her own rage and trauma.
Being a hero isn’t always about doing good for the world and being a voice for the voiceless. Sometimes being a hero turns you into a villian. At times, that villian title is capriciously ascribed. Other times, it’s actually earned and accurate. Sometimes, it’s just gray. Shades of gray. And, not in the 50 shades kind. Although, well, I’ll let that go.
Here’s the deal:
“whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster” Nietzsche
I myself like to say
“be careful when you look for trouble, cause trouble will find you”.
Monsters are everywhere you look. Monsters are in everyone, to some extent. Including onself. If you go fighting, taking on too many monsters, you may just trigger your own to come out. They say tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are. At least, my mother always warned me thus. Well, tell me which monsters you’re fighting out there, and maybe I can say what are your own inner monsters.