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.