There was a time in story telling, whether is was a movie, book, TV series, where everything was either black or white. The hero would always be the good guy. He would always do the right thing and get the girl in the end. Then, there was the villain. The villain would normally be a scumbag, who would most of the time even be less handsome than the hero, whose goal in life would be destroying other people’s lives. Whether it is to become more rich or get the girl, the villain would always employ the most hateful ways to obtain that goal making us hate him.
However, times have changed. Nowadays, a story teller likes to portray things as they are. We all know that in real life people are not completely black or completely white. People are grey. The white and black mixed in that greyness can vary. Those with more black are deemed bad while those with more white are deemed good. Using this true theory in stories have let us witness some amazingly good stories in the recent times.
If you look at Klaus Mikaelson, who was introduced to the TV audience through The Vampire Diaries, you can see this change in character portrayal very well. He was introduced to us as this villain who was determined to have his way no matter what. He did not care who died in the process as long as he could have what he wants. However, now and then, we are given a glimpse of humanity in him. We see his love for his family, which suggests even he has some goodness in him.
There is another plus point towards villains. We already know they are villains. They are the bad guys. Therefore, we cannot be disappointed with them. However, the hero is expected to be the champion of goodness. He is always supposed to make the right decision. Therefore, whenever a hero does something stupid and takes the wrong path being disappointed in him becomes inevitable. Though this has actually been the case from the beginning of time, the recent true depiction of villains where we get to see at least the smallest goodness in them, is what makes some of us fall in love with the villain. Personally, I think it is a good change. It helps to create a better story. At the same time, it lets you see people as they are. Moreover, falling in love with a villain knowing who he or she really is, is not a bad thing, as long as you see the truth as it is.
Whatever we think our eyes show that feeling. That is why they are known as the “doors to the soul.” They express our true feelings. If we are happy the eyes shine with happiness. If we are sad they are clouded with sadness. Also, if someone is frightened it is their eyes that show it to the world first.
Though this is the case with most of the people, there are those who do not reveal the truth even from their eyes. Of course, I am talking about good liars here. Those who have mastered the skill of lying will not reveal their true feelings even from their eyes like we normal people do. However, our eyes having the ability to show our feelings can be the reason for having so many other beliefs about them giving them importance.
There is a saying that we should not believe anything we hear until we see that from our own eyes. This is an accepted theory because we live in a society where people can make up stories about others even when nothing happened in the real life as in the story they tell. Also, though as humans we have this desire to make and hear stories, we should not believe in ghosts until we see a ghost from our own eyes. That is to say we should not believe in stories, specially when it comes to the lives of other people, until we see the truth for ourselves.
However, sometimes our own eyes can lie. This means sometimes what we see from our eyes can be only a part of a bigger story. At such a moment, if we come to a decision based on the part that we saw, without knowing the whole story, sometimes, it can lead to a misunderstanding. This theory is often portrayed in stories. We all have seen stories where the good guy or girl is framed to a crime that he or she did not do because he or she was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
There is another side to saying our own eyes can lie. This side of the fact has been proven right again and again in this digital age we live in. In the old days, if we saw something, chances were that was what we saw. In this era that we live in, there are so many tools that can help you distort the truth and make the lie look like the truth. The simplest example is Photoshop. Before technology was so developed if we saw someone as beautiful, that was what they were. However, now with all the tools and apps that can change someones appearance even saying someone is beautiful has become a hard task.
This all seems to suggest that seeing from our mind is more important than seeing from our eyes. Since eyes can so easily be deceived we should be able to see the truth from our mind.
“Sometimes silence is the best answer.” All of us have come across this saying somewhere in our life. True, silence is the best answer at times when people are expressing ideas that you cannot agree. You do not want to hurt the speaker’s feeling or start a debate about your different opinions. So you choose to give silence as an answer. When you see how obsessed some people are in misquoting other people, not saying anything can be a wise action.
However, though on the surface, silence appears to be a good decision, this is not true always. You should understand that. Even the saying uses the word “sometimes.” For example, think that one of your friends speaks very badly of someone else. You know for a fact that person is not as bad as your friend says. However, if you hold your peace just because you do not want to create problems with you friend, there is a possibility of this wrong opinion of your friend reaching other people too. That is a time to speak up and say what you think.
There is another situation where silence can be very misinterpreted. Sometimes, when people do not protest to an idea that they do not agree, the people who hold that idea have a way of seeing that silence as a way of showing that everyone agrees with their opinion. Even silence can be misinterpreted.
Another situation where silence can be misinterpreted is a situation where you are interacting with another person. Say you are someone who does not talk much. However, when you are at a public place people usually tend to start conversations even when they do not know you and you do not want to talk. When you hold your silence at such situations, people misinterpret that silence as arrogance. It does not matter that your silence does not mean arrogance. That is how the society is created to perceive behaviour. Maybe if people were not so judgmental and were more open-minded to understand that not every person likes to talk much, this kind of misinterpretations of a person’s behaviour will not take place.
We live in a strange world where even silence can be misinterpreted. Since we cannot change other people’s opinion about what silence must actually mean at certain situations, our best choice is to avoid such situations. Or not be bothered by what other people may think.