You all know that you can spell grey with an e or an a? Weird huh?
The spelling of grey is arbitrary, it’s not even a British English vs American English thing as far as I know. (Unlike spelling honor, valor, favor, flavor, and other “o-r” words with an “o-u-r”, which they do in Britain. Or used to anyway. Which is why, I, being the C. S. Lewis fan that I am, still “misspell’ those words sometimes.) How you spell it is entirely up to you.
Doesn’t that just seem fitting? Because we like to say there there’s black and white morality, and then there’s a grey area. The grey area is your arbitrary perception of right or wrong, or your uncertainty thereof.
In simpler terms, the grey area is moral limbo.
Some say there is no grey area. (Gray area?)
Well, I think that there probably is. But I think we need to be more specific about what we mean when we say grey area.
We don’t mean that some things are neither right nor wrong, we mean that some actions are right or wrong in different circumstances, and those circumstances are not always plain to see.
See, I believe in situational ethics, but not what the term means now, but just that different situations call for different actions.
What I don’t believe is that your code of ethics can change with each situation. Just the enacting of it does.
See, if you are a inconstant person when it come to telling the truth, than your ethics are that truth is only important some of the time. So whether you tell it in one situation (where it won’t hurt your case), or hedge it in another (where it will), your ethics have remained the same.
Likewise, if you tell the truth whether it hurts you or not, you ethics are to be painfully honest.
But that’s more of a black and white example. Or is it?
People would argue that lying is better sometimes in order to save someone’s feelings, I personally think lying is justifiable only when someone’s life is at stake, and that’s a rare situation.
But you see how this black nd white thing can quickly be turned into a grey area.
It’s kind of the inspiration for the title “Fifty shades of Grey,” but I won’t go there. (No, I haven’t seen it, and I won’t if I can help it.)
But this is where all this arbitrariness has gotten us.
Part of the reason I enjoyed Mr. Miracle so much was because in the 70’s, right and wrong could still be cut and dried things. Clearly, Scott was doing the right thing, and his enemies were monsters (literally often enough.) Barda sometimes verges on doing something bad, but she is always stopped or stops herself before it gets to that point.
But look at superhero movies and comics now, our heroes spend more time trying to figure out if they are really heroes than they do defeating the bad guys. Who often try to say they aren’t bad guys. You know, back in Shakespeare’s day, a riveting villain was one who knew they were evil and wanted to be different but had one vice they would not let go of (Read Hamlet.) Shakespeare called it what it was, insanity. There was no grey area. most of his villains don’t even want to change.
Now, we have bad guys who don’t want to change yet we feel sympathy for them because they are more human. Plenty of people will defend to the last this way of treating bad guys.
When this trend started, it wasn’t all bad. Some villains do just need to be shown some mercy. But I would argue they are the ones who are less evil and more confused or bitter. Which would not be the majority now.
Some people are cruel because no one had ever been kind to them, they can change because of mercy.
But some are cruel because no one ahs ever stood up to them. And that is not something mercy is going to fix.
Why should we sympathize with people who have never really been mistreated but decide that it’s their destiny to control everything?
I have both real life and fictional examples in mind, and I’ll bet you do too.
I think this is pretty long, but my word count is not working, so I’ll wrap this up.
We all need to realize that you don’t prevent evil by questioning good. Someone needs to tell the media this. (Of course, sometimes evil masquerades as good.) But when good is apparent, we should not second guess it.
There’s this thing called faith. I like what that one girl in the first avengers movie said after the big New York showdown. The avengers saved her life, so she believes in their intentions.
You see, it’s not the good guys fault that there are evil creatures raining from the sky, but it is their fault that the rain stopped.
That’s all for now, until next time–Natasha.