Posted - 2007.12.11 09:19:00 - [34
Although I see what you're saying (Grimpak in particular), I think the use of the phrase "The road/path to hell is paved with good intentions" is slightly out of context here. Or perhaps the phrase is misunderstood in terms of its original meaning.
To say "the path to hell is paved with good intentions", is usually a response to someone claiming they are planning to do better, to improve on their actions. The response is then intended to mean: "it's not enough to plan to improve on your actions, only action itself will suffice". Thus, the path to hell is paved with good intentions: you can only be judged good by your actions, not by your intentions. If you intend to do good, act accordingly.
I feel the protagonist in the story is certain he is acting on the behalf of a greater good, even though the antagonist seems doubtful and most readers will likely find themselves siding with the antagonist. It's not that he has good intentions but lacks the force of will to turn them into action, quite the opposite in fact. What seems to be the case here is that he may think his actions are for a greater good, but it is uncertain who determines what is good and what isn't.
A fundamental problem of religion becomes the focus of the story: without direct communion with a deity, how can one be certain that their interpretation of the will of a deity is the right one? And how do you convince others of the validity of your interpretation? Do you even need to, if you feel your actions are just, like the main character seems to think: "Do you even have approval for this?" "It is right. I need no more approval."
Another interesting theory Nale seems to have is that everything is ultimately motivated by a need for happiness. But I feel that is a bit of a cop out. It seems to assume that it's perfectly clear what happiness is and that happiness means the same to all people. Clearly this is not the case and it's exactly the differences in definition and experience of happiness that determine the differences in motivation of people.
So, Nale is leading Hona into a logical trap, from which she seems either unable or unwilling to escape. Through her long string of answers to the question "why?", we learn something about her motivations, but it would be interesting to read more about what motivates the pilots that fly for the Angel Cartel.
Excellent, though-provoking story. Keep it coming :)
Posted - 2007.12.17 02:02:00 - [35
Edited by: Maedoc on 17/12/2007 02:07:42
So is Nale some sort of "twisted" christ figure? thats what I got from your last post. If so is he going to become more of an figuratively speaking "evil" person and are we going to see a reversal of roles with Draea? I am quite interested in seeing how you develop these characters.
Grismar, that saying - "The path to hell is paved with the best intentions" in context means that even someone intending the best, is damned if their methods are so to speak "evil" what Nale is planning to do may be "for the best" but his methods are not humane, nor wholly good. So even though he intends to help the human race, he is doomed as his methods are evil. Kinda an opposite of "The ends justify the means".