The Mrs and I have been watching Breaking Bad recently. I find this programme pretty interesting; I enjoy the irony and juxtaposition of the two main character’s partnership. They are like chalk and cheese, yet are linked inextricably by their illicit drug manufacturing venture. Their enduring relationship is the dynamo of the story. Over time, Jessie, who is Mr. “bad boy” turns out to be the partnerships’ moral compass, whereas Walter, who is initially painted as Mr. “straight and narrow”, turns out to be a gleaming psychopath.
[Yin Yang - source: http://all-free-download.com/free-vector/vector-clip-art/ying_yang_116871.html]
The show really is not so much about drugs, etc., as it is about people, relationships, psychology, and the way we operate within and around the construct of the societies we live in.
The programme got me thinking about honesty, and about being honest with ourselves. How it’s important to admit that although we try to do well, we sometimes make mistakes, and even knowingly do nasty stuff. I think that by bearing this in mind, we can become better people – or at least, feel better about ourselves. When we keep this in mind, it gives us the option to forgive ourselves and try to do better. As opposed to thinking that we must always do good and beating ourselves up when we fail. Being honest with and open with ourselves in this way also helps us interact more openly, perceptively and compassionately with others. And it helps us to recognise more readily our mistakes and enables us to learn more from them.
Philosophy on this matter has been written and talked about for thousands of years, I’m certain. Let me finish the post though by briefly examining the thinking of a couple of other (non-fictional) characters from popular culture…
Nina Simone pined for forgiveness, singing the lyrics - “Don't you know that no one alive can always be an angel? When everything goes wrong, you see some bad.”
LL Cool J on the other hand revels openly in his glorious badness – “Not bitter or mad, just proving I’m bad […]”
["I'm Bad!", LL Cool J - source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVDfyc2lh4Q]
Not everyone sings (or raps) about it. Instead, people may go to church to pray, talk with family and friends for comfort, write a blog post, or simply take a brisk walk. However you choose to cope with this fact of life – I urge you to enjoy yourself, and keep it real!