I think my computer problems have been solved. I am going to try writing this post and see what happens.
Once Upon a Time, when I was a kid…
I lived in the middle of nowhere. We had trees on three sides and my grandmother and the family church were on the other. My cousins lived behind us. We had a small trail worn through the patch of trees that separated our houses. There was a proper path but it led past my granny’s house, down a hill and over the trickle of a stream. Cutting through the woods was faster and more fun.
Two of my cousins were years younger than me and between them and my brother I had my very own minions. My other cousin, John, was just a month younger than me and always bigger. He was my mortal enemy. (Unless there were adults watching or something good was on T.V.) He was the villain to my hero, the Sheriff of Nottingham to my Robin Hood. (Really. If I read a book it wasn’t long before we were playing it.)
We fought constantly. We traded bruises. Well…I collected bruises and tried to return the favor. Things were simple. If John was going to do something then I automatically knew it was a bad idea. That didn’t always stop me, but at least I knew going in that it probably would end in tears. (I fell into the creek sooo many times…)
I miss my cousin John. He was killed years ago in a motorcycle accident. We had managed to come to some silent mutual understanding during our late teen years and didn’t fight so much. (We didn’t interact much.)
Back then I knew what trouble looked like. It mostly wore my cousin’s face. Today problems are more faceless. Bills, Stress, Work…nouns without faces attached, though we sometimes add faces. We look for people to attach blame for those things to. We need our villains and our anti-heroes. If we can’t find them, then we become them.
I think that is why we love/hate the bad guys so much. Loki, Darth Vader, The Wicked Witch, The Nothing. They all bring vivid images to our minds and fill a need. Without villains, there would be no heroes. That is why they are so important in life and in fiction.