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 What should a priest do if he were to find Satan himself laying beaten, bloody, and broken in a ditch? One would think the answer is simple. Any priest should leave the villain to die on the side of the road and be happy at the good fortune of the universe, right? Wrong. A wise priest would stop be the bleeding prince of lies and think for a moment. No Satan means no Hell, another plus. Wait, if there is no Hell there is no damnation. If there is no damnation there is no punishment for sins, then the wise priest begins to realize something that never occurred to him. If fear of Hell is all that holds back sinning, then is the saint unnatural, inhuman and fearful? Is the sinner natural, human, and fearless? Then the priest realizes that he is lying to himself and his very human nature by being a servant of light, no a slave to fear of the dark. Disliking this train of thought, the priest begins to ponder the fallen angel before him. He thinks of all the sins that Satan has committed, trying to convince himself that he is above the infernal beast. But then he realizes its crimes only make it more noble, more brave, and more powerful than any other being imaginable. For Satan fights a battle he knows he will lose, but fights it because he knows there are things more important than winning. Things like freedom and courage and the natural order of things. The priest then fully realizes that god would die without Satan to oppose him. And that maybe the dark lord is more courageous than the king of kings himself. The priest feels ashamed and arrogant to think of himself as higher than the proud, infernal, noble being before him. He picks up the grievously wounded demon, who unlike god, is dedicated to something greater than itself and it's ideals. The priest takes Satan to the abbey and heals the demon's wounds and mends his bones. When the fallen angel is healed he thanks the priest and heads on his way. 

    Now this parable is largely based on a story in Kahlil Gibran's book the Prophet. Yet it has been greatly modified to more clearly illustrate my point. The hero and villain are less black and white than they might seem. The hero requires a villain to survive and the villain requires a hero, and depending on who you ask the one you see as a villain may be the hero in their eyes and vice versa. This is my philosophical opinion on the matter of heroes and villains, and may not be yours. Feel free to complain that I don't conform to your views, or that your views don't conform with mine. I could really care less about how much you dislike this. But if it makes you feel better about being a slave to fear then go ahead and take it out on me.
my most likely one time philosophical parable/rant. Hope you read it.
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KidSapiens Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Ah, yes, the age-old question.
starlingbird999 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011   General Artist
It would be easy to point out how many more people God killed than Satan, and criticize God for his jealousy, self-centeredness, and other undesirable traits, but your ideas are much more clever and original. Without Satan, there'd be no hell, and no incentive to lead a virtuous life (other than one's innate desire for altruism and contribution to a functional community, that is). Satan's bravery in fighting for this cause despite his inevitable defeat is something that never occurred to me, but it makes sense. Insta-fav!
NecRoKreatriX Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Se7enE11even Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is essentially the theme you pick up between the lines when you read Paradise Lost. You've outlined this in a great way. To me, when you assume the Christian mythology to the letter is true, you must come to the conclusion that Satan should be worshipped alongside God, because he was equally instrumental in our creation as God.

Think about it: Satan gave us what made us human: the divine element that separates us from the other creatures, giving us the best of both worlds. Sure it was indirect, and God created the Tree of Knowledge, but Adam and Eve never would have eaten from it if not for Satan, encouraging us to think for ourselves. Never mind that it was not with our best interest at heart, but seeing as he is evil incarnate, could you really expect otherwise?

Awesome job ^_^
NecRoKreatriX Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, but see if you can read the Prophet's story on it. It is much longer and goes into a slightly different theme and talks about why humans would have invented evil in their religions.
Se7enE11even Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Much longer than this, or much longer than Paradise Lost? If it's the latter, I don't know if I have that kind of time :XD:
NecRoKreatriX Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Much longer than my deviation. Its about the size of a grade school chapter book and its full of little parables and stuff like that.
tobaal Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011
well, he HAS kept them in business all these years, hehe. but i suppose you are right, in the same line of logic it's the archetype of the god character to fill that imposing role which turn so many to the darkness.
NecRoKreatriX Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah it can be tripped out over for hours but it's a simple concept, I'm currently writing a story where the hero is a villain because he wants to motivate humans to help themselves, idk how that one will go.
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