I’ve always been fascinated with character studies. I’m particularly interested in those who can only see the good in others, but none of the bad. Perhaps, this is because when I was younger, I always only saw the positive potential of others. I almost never understood the negatives holding them back from that potential.
Perhaps, I simply never wanted to see the negative. Surely, I was quite naive. But, I think it was more due to a force within me that wants to help people become the best they can be. Yet, at the time I didn’t realize that such a motivation had to mostly come from within.
In reality, one’s true potential can only be realized by the self. This became painfully clear to me after years of trying to help some very poor cases. There are those that because of painful circumstances in their home lives, they never had a good chance to truly realize actual love and affection.
I felt by offering these things I would offer a true chance for them to develop into the best possible people that they could become. To the best of my knowledge, many of them went on to lead fairly mediocre lives to varying degrees. Some turned out better than others, but most I never heard from again.
When I’m writing my stories, I always try having this sort of naive, good-natured character with only the best of intentions. I’ve even had a main character in a story that wants to only see the good in a man who acts too good to be true. That man, in fact, does turn out to be quite evil. The strange part of it is because of her blind faith in him, in the end, he actually does truly fall in love with her.
This love that she feels for him causes a similar reaction in a once cold and dead heart almost leads to her ruin. Her love for him and his love for her, however, sadly is not enough to overcome the darkness that controls his destiny. If not for her friends, our main character would have been destroyed. This is why it’s good to have friends looking out for you! Those that know you well will hopefully cover for your weaknesses in times of peril!
Each of us constantly has to keep a balance between the good and evil within ourselves. Walking that fine line between those two is very difficult. Every day we must decide between those choices that will help and those that will hurt ourselves and others.
Yes, seeing the good in others is something we can use to provide a support mechanism for those in need. But, you can never allow yourself to be blinded by good intentions. Only pain can come from the failure of seeing someone you thought was a good person turn against you. Perhaps, it may even destroy any chance of that good potential in that person ever being realized.
But, as the French say, C’est la vie!
~ Amelia <3