Are you a Villain?


Down in the sodden field,
A blind man is gathering his roots,
Guided and led by a girl;
Her gold hair blows in the wind,
When it is full to the brim,
He wheels it patiently, slow,
Something oppressive and grim
Clothing his figure, but she
Beautifully light at his side,
Touches his arm with her hand,
Ready to help or to guide:
Power and comfort at need
In the flex of her figure lurk,
The fire at the heart of the deed
The angel that watches o’er work.

This is her visible form,
Heartening the labor she loves,
Keeping the breath of it warm,
Warm as a nestling of doves.
Humble or high or sublime,
Hers no reward of degrees,
Ditching as precious as rhyme,
If only the spirit be true.

A beautiful poem, is it not?
Here is something written by the same author:
“It is observed with alarm that the holding of dances by the Indians on their reserves is on the increase, and that these practices tend to disorganize the efforts which the Department is putting forth to make them self-supporting,” “I have, therefore, to direct you to use your utmost endeavours to dissuade the Indians from excessive indulgence in the practice of dancing. You should suppress any dances which cause waste of time, interfere with the occupations of the Indians, unsettle them for serious work, injure their health or encourage them in sloth and idleness.”

Duncan Campbell Scott is the name of this villain. This blog is not written to sour his name, or that of any racist. Let’s be clear: under no circumstance is racism okay. The code of ethics of the One Spirit organisation states: We aim to keep our hearts and minds open to everyone, celebrating difference but not separation. We refuse to marginalise people on the basis of age, disability, state of health, race, gender, nationality, religion, sexuality, economic status or any other distinction.
I fully underwrite this.

This blog is about villains. We all love to hate them.
From very early days, and in nearly all religions and spiritual movements there is good and evil.
The good is called Light, God, Divine, Source energy. The bad is darkness, Devil, demon, negative energy. There are archangels vs. fallen angels. The material world is bad, the spiritual world is good.
Corporations are bad, charities are good.
This dualistic approach to life really makes things simple.

But are things always so clear cut? Of course not!
Duncan Campbell Scott is just 1 example of people that display the dualism that each of us carries inside us. When I first read the poem ‘Labor and the Angel’, I didn’t know anything about the man. In fact, I was going to publish the poem on my poetry blog and just wanted to know a little bit more about him. Since finding out about his actions, I am still loving the poem, but wish it would have been written by someone I can love for his actions.

We all carry good and bad inside ourselves. Yin and Yang and the Hermetic principle of Polarity are two examples where spirituality touches on this matter. Both say that we cannot simply separate good and bad, because they are two sides of the same coin. Where there’s the one, there’s bound to be the other.

It is very natural for any human to fear that part of the self which is not loving, kind and happy. The easiest thing to do is to deny that dark part inside ourselves and when something comes along that reminds us of it, to really make sure that everyone knows how much you hate that and how unacceptable it is. This process is called ‘projection’. We project that what we see as bad inside ourselves onto something external and fight it, so that we can avoid looking at this part of ourselves.

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely,” Carl Jung said.
Yet, to move forward it is a necessity to look at all aspects of the self and learn to embrace them.
Embracing all aspects of the self will take away the need to seek an external source to kick against.
It will also take away the fear of evil, and as we all know: you can’t fight bad with more bad.
We are all born with free will. So, even with all those bad seeds inside us, we can live perfectly harmonious, kind and loving lives. Because we choose to do so.

So, the next time you are ready to call someone an absolute villain, take a long hard look at yourself and see if there is a part of you that could potentially become that villain would you let it.
If the answer is ‘No’, you’re not looking hard enough.

There is a most interesting Wikipedia page on the subject of good vs. evil, which I can highly recommend:


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