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Are You a Hero or a Villain?
Writer Anthony McGowan discusses this phenomenon for the BBC News, saying, “There is, of course, an almost irresistible human impulse to look on ourselves as the goodies or - with a little more grandiosity - as the heroes of our own narratives, whether we're fighting over the height of our neighbour's leylandii hedge or authorising air strikes on crumbling dictatorships.” But, he urges us to wonder, are we really the goodies or, possibly, the baddies?
What follows is a thoughtfully rendered tale remembered from Anthony McGowan’s childhood, an event that revealed to him that, though he saw himself as one of the good guys, he was in reality no better than the bullies he dreaded, and capable of much meanness himself. After all, he points out, throughout history many notorious “baddies” have seen themselves as crusading for the powers of good. Could we be, in the narratives of our own lives, just as deluded?
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