I probably won’t be able to write much this week, due to work and social pressures.
Who am I kidding? It’s due to work. I owe my soul to the company store.
But I’ve been wondering about this: Would you like to read a novel or see a movie in which all the characters have what they want in life or are happy with what they’ve been given? In which everyone is confident that they are loved, and no bad guys are around to upset things? If the protagonist surmounts all his daily difficulties with a smile and any little hurt is smoothed away by the end of the scene? Would such a story hold your interest?
Mostly we don’t want to read or see that story, because we want to see conflict and the testing of spirit by adversity.
But are we looking for an idyllic world in our real lives? I think we think we are, and therefore we are always surprised when we – or someone we respect – goes and does something that can only lead to conflict and drama. Maybe they tell off their boss. Maybe they don’t adhere to the dress code at the country club. Maybe they pick – or choose to stay with – a bad boy/bad girl lover, one who’s sure to mistreat them, and hurt them.
Should we be surprised? Why do we do these things that lead us down the road to heartache? Do we need such pain in our hearts?