I’ve been to therapy.
I wanted to be told I was basically a good person.
A friend just told me he would only go to a therapist who was a lot like him.
Another said she sometimes went for access to drugs.
Are writers therapists? Is writing their therapy? We all know about writers who behave badly. Would they have been better people if they had gotten “treatment”?
The Ten Commandments were written as a reminder that none of us are without sin.
But if we believe that we (and maybe our characters) are basically good or that there is no such thing as goodness since goodness must be in the eyes of the beholder, what is the point of telling a story? If sin does not exist, if the world is empty of meaning then what is to be done with the many definitions we’ve made for ourselves? A literary spectacular absent of heart falls flat except with a few critics in the know.
What is the meaning of creating flawed characters with no access to therapy? Why create flawed characters at all?
The light came into the world but people prefer to live in darkness.
How do we make peace with being basically good and terribly flawed?
How can it even be discussed with people who think this whole thing called life is just random?
On some basic level most people recognize something called EVIL.
To be told we are basically good might be the most dangerous lie in the world.
So what do you think? Are humans basically good? If you were a therapist, what would you tell your favorite character?
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