In Eclipse on December 19, 2008 at 2:32 pm

This morning, I watched the season finale of Heroes.  This marked the third running season of Heroes called ‘Villians’.  The entire season asked how the characters related to power given changing circumstances and events in their lives.  The notion of Good vs. Bad became very blurry as characters acted, in certain situations, as they thought they would never act – killing, lying, stealing, etc.

This notion of judging between good and evil was brought up in the Shack.  It is like putting ourselves in the judgment seat to determine what is good and bad for another – withholding/extending our love to them.  Quite the precarious notion when you think about it.  The ability to judge; the right to determine what is good and what is evil.  (Very much like the tree in the garden – knowledge of good and evil) We flirt with the idea of wielding the power to judge others based on their actions in certain circumstances.

There were two trees: a tree of life and a tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  I could also say there are two trees.  I am given choice; whether for life or for standing in judgment.  How do we, as a culture, choose life or choose judgment?

Earlier today, I remembered how much I love writing sub-plots.  They are really just developments of stories that already are.  In college, I wrote a sub-plot for Romeo and Juliet based on the theme of Les Liaisones Dangereuses (a french novel) byPierre Choderlos de Laclos.  Sound like an English Major’s task?  Well, it was…and then some.  I never remember feeling so alive as when I interwove the two plots to create an entirely new effect for the reader (my then professor, Dragan, and his graduate student TA).  It made me think that my first book may actually turn into a sub-plot to an already popular story.  Quite the turn of events!

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