Certain tropes from fantasy permeate into our reality whether we like it or not, and it often takes objective assessment to realize these are not real. Now, I'm no romantic and I do realize that this sort of topic is regularly peddled by people whose ideology I generally do not agree with. But these differ.
There is no completely evil antagonist
During the liberation of the Netherlands My Opa was told by a fellow soldier that he had to picture enemy soldiers as rabbits (as an aid) or else he could not shoot them. I find this a fitting allegory. We intentionally demonize people we fight in order to get around the idea of them becoming a victim to terrible things (though obviously rabbits are no demons haha). These demons do not exist! They are not truly demons, this is a necessary act of ignorance to distract ourselves from feeling guilt and having to address emotions we do not want to confront or experience. It's also much easier than having to learn and understand someone else, as hatred is so simple. Despite how evil someone has become, (without having to debate morality or illustrate the finer points of this individual character) they are still humans, they have deep backgrounds, reasons for doing what they do, they love and someone loves them, they feel in the same way as you, the commonalities you might share with an "enemy" are shocking. If we truly addressed this in our personal ideologies we would likely not be so quick to seek conflict with one another.
Fantasy (and religion) in a way has taught us that there is
a true evil, and it is obvious to identify. (We are supposed to think critically and exclaim that this is simply a trope before we pass judgement but we do not. It instead enters our subconscious.) It wears black spikey armour, grey skin, horns, and does some sort of taboo act to gain power. It has no redeeming qualities. And we bestow this onto our enemies. We then take this back into our own storytelling and it comes full circle.
I would like to see writers address moral ambiguity in their own stories as I try to do with mine. I think that a great writer can confront you with this reality, like the story of Askeladd from Vinland Saga. Not just for the importance of escaping ignorance and even worse: willful ignorance. But to shake off absurd tropes.
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