Once Upon a Time

Almost every little kid has read the fairytale stories when they were younger. They were swept away by the hero saving their meant-to-be from the evil villain, and experienced joy when they did. But for some weird reason, I’ve always been intrigued by the villains.

They were portrayed to be these one-dimensional characters. They were bad people, people who hurt others, people who didn’t know love. But everytime I read about them I can’t help but wonder why. What is the reason they act the way they do and are they just as evil in their own eyes. Do they realise what they are doing to the so-called heroes do they really think of those people as heroes?

Because if there’s one thing I know, it’s that the victors write history. So what if one of the victors, a so-called hero, was really the villain in the story. What if the victors twisted the story like all people do. Because let’s be honest, no one will try to paint themselves as a villain. People like to be the good guy, the one who saves the day and they will never show their weaknesses, the bad parts of their personality.

So, just imagine it. The villain won and he knew that people would never agree to let him rule, so he made it seem like his enemy was the villain and destroyed all evidence that this wasn’t the case. Would people accept it? Would they agree, and follow what everybody else does, like sheep? I personally really don’t know. I would like to imagine that people wouldn’t just agree. But we all know that some people are scared, and scared people listen to the strong ones.

In the end I just want you to remember that there are two sides to every story. This applies to the silly things like fairytales, where the hero could be the villain, but also to the things that happen in real life. Don’t just accept what somebody tells you. Try to get all the information and make up your own mind when you have that.

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