Wednesday, November 16, 2011

On Being Angelic

If anyone was head for the gates of hell, I knew you'd be first.
I used to picture your obituary and I wished you the worst.

-"Almost Sorry" by Scissor Sisters

And it's so easy when your evil,
This is the life, you see
The devil tips his hat for me.

-"When You're Evil" by Voltaire

When it comes to surprises in the moonlit night
I excel without ever even trying...
With a wave of my hand and a well-placed moan,
I have swept the very bravest off their feet.

-"Jack's Lament" from Nightmare Before Christmas, remake by All-American Rejects

In the immortal dispute between absolute evil and absolute good, I find the scale unbalanced. Consider this:

To be angelic, you must have no flaws. To be devilish, you need only one.

I wouldn't be inclined to say that I'm intentionally evil, but I don't hold myself back in my actions, nor consider the universal implications of my actions (or inactions). I go my own way, and if that means being imperfect, and contributing to the darker side of things, then so be it.

Note: This discussion isn't about good and bad. I don't murder, rape, or pillage. I don't steal or lead lambs to the slaughter. But if you force everyone to take sides, and allow none to be neutral, then this is where I stand.