Good vs. Evil

We all have our believes and opinions about the world, religion, God, good and evil… Some like to shout their thoughts at the top of their lungs for all to hear (whether they want to hear or not), others prefer to contemplate (quietly) and some just don’t have anything to say at all.

Me, I am just an ordinary person, nobody special or even important (in the grand scheme of things, hopefully someone out there thinks I am at least a little bit special). I try to be a good person but of course fail miserably at it more often than not… My consolation, nobody is perfect but at least I try.

Two of my pleasures in life are watching movies and reading books. I love action, sci-fi, thrillers… pretty much anything that isn’t down right stupid. In the last six month, I came across two items that affected me in a very profound way, one is a movie and the other is a book. If I hope to convey why these two items are so profound to me, I’m going to have to tell you just a little bit more about some of my thoughts and opinions (begrudgingly I might ad, but this is important).

I believe that we (people) are doing very poorly. We kill our gorgeous world in the name of progress when it’s really greed. We believe in money and power instead of God and kindness. We have become the epitome of selfishness and cruelty. We give more rights to the pedophile, the rapist, the murderer than we do to the victims. Let me make a point of saying that not all people are like that but I think you get my point…

Then I watched the movie The book of Eli. A 2010 American post-apocalyptic action film directed by the Hughes brothers, written by Gary Whitta, and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson and Jennifer Beals. Yes, I watched it way later than the rest of the world, sue me. The point is that it embodies pretty much everything that I believe. All the complexities of my believes and thoughts about the world and the people in it, good and evil, so clearly expressed in a two hour movie. The twist at the end… (…which I will not reveal in the off chance that I was not the last person on the planet to watch this film)

Then today I finished reading The Taking. A story of the end of the world, but probably not as you might imagine, written by Dean Koontz. One rainy night, the end of the world began… According to Wikipedia, this novel was first published in 2004. Yes, I read it later than the rest of the world, sue me. The point is that when I first started reading, I thought, oh great, another war of the worlds… But being one of those people that has to finish reading a book once I’ve started it (except once, it was so bad even I could not finish it) and since it was written by Dean Koontz (my favorite author), I read on. Once I finished the book (earlier today), I sat for a while and contemplated the book, life, etc.  I came to the conclusion that here is, once again, an embodiment of pretty much everything that I believe, just in a slightly different way. All the complexities of my believes and thoughts about the world and the people in it, good and evil, so clearly expressed in a 67 chapter novel, by my favorite author no less. Also once again, the twist at the end, starting at around chapter 62… (…which I will not reveal in the off chance that I was not the last person on the planet to read this novel)

Watch the film The book of Eli. Read the novel The Taking. See what I’m talking about for your self.

What do I think they try to convey? Among other things, never give up hope, never give up faith, never give up on love, never give up!