Shades of Grey

In the world of fierce business and political strife, people seem to forget that their opponents are, people. What is Good? What is Bad? Your good can be seen as someone’s bad and someone’s bad can be seen as good for you. So, who is right and who is wrong? Well simply said, no one knows. “One person’s craziness is another person’s reality” -Tim Burton.

Most forget that we, as humans, don’t do things to hurt others on purpose, almost everyone have deeper reasons when doing something negative; some inner motivation, purpose or drive that provoke these behaviors. Most political and business competitors when seen as doing wrong or bad, it usually is because of beliefs that they are on the wrong side. But who determines whose side is wrong and whose side is “correct.” Even though the media and movies portray the moral stances as good and bad, in reality there is neither. The idea that the world is black and white is a complete lie and it’s really just something you tell children to make sure they act good. The truth is that the world is all shades of grey and people sometimes don’t choose to be bad.

One of the highest rated TV shows on air Game of Thrones portrays its characters not as good or bad. The author of the book, George R.R. Martin, stated “I like grey characters; fantasy for too long has been focused on very stereotypical heroes and villains”. This method of making characters not good or bad gives each character more humanity, so that when there is a conflict or a tragedy, we, as viewers, can only feel empathy and compassion for the character since he/she faces problems just like us. In another widely loved TV show, Breaking Bad, the main character isn’t just an “evil” drug dealing crime lord, he is also a middle aged man with cancer that needs to find money to afford for his wife and two kids after he dies.

“Human nature is not black and white, but many shades of grey” -Graham Greene.

By: Ricardo de la Blanca

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