@ParsonI find myself longing for a book with a true hero, and a quest worthy of the name. I want people who sacrifice for others rather than those who are trying to take advantage of others. I want people who believe in a cause, in other people, and a hope that shines in the darkness. I suppose that kind of book is too much to ask for. After all "those kind of people are uninteresting."
Not too much to ask for at all. I'm with you on this.Parson said:I want people who sacrifice for others rather than those who are trying to take advantage of others. I want people who believe in a cause, in other people, and a hope that shines in the darkness. I suppose that kind of book is too much to ask for.
I don't believe that I am hoping to see the world in an untrue light as far as the facts go. Anyone who has spent a lifetime in my profession knows only too well about mixed motives, leaders with clay feet, charletons, and every other kind of less than optimal plan, desire, and result. If I am writing a news story I want to spell those kinds of things out clearly. I am a strong believer in truth telling and the calamity which always results in the end, perhaps a distant end, of trying to purvey a lie as truth.I think the reason why there are not too many stories around with „those kind of people“ is not that they are uninteresting but that they make it hard for the story to be creditable. And light and dark have very little to do with how I view the world. The image makes for a purty contrast, but the stuff my world is made of (and thus good stories) is grey. Reading about people somehow navigating lives full of ambivalence and contradictions - or at least trying to - gives me more hope than a hero in shiny armor on a white horse whose world view is so clear cut that she/he just knows what’s right and what’s wrong. Probably because it’s closer to my own experience.
Aww. I'd just gotten my knife good and sharp. Bother.Thanks for the thoughtful responses! One of the reasons I love this place is that we can have thoughtful discussion and even disagreements without feeling the need for personal attacks.