Posts tagged Love
Relationships and the Crown of Martyrdom

The marriage ceremony in the Coptic church is called El-Ekleel, or The Crowning.  The end of the ceremony sees the priest crown both the man and his new wife, a sign that the two have become one through the mystery of the sacrament of marriage.  I used to think The Crowning was a symbol that the man became the king of his household, and the woman his queen.  I later found out from a priest’s wife that the crown received during an Orthodox marriage ceremony lies on the bride and groom’s head as a crown of martyrdom.  The man and his new wife have died to themselves and now live for the other. 

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Understanding Evil: Why a Writer Should Search for Good in a Bad Character

One of the hallmarks of bad writing is the creation of characters that are perfect archetypes, caricatures with no backstory or reason but to push plot by sticking to their simplistic script (i.e. the bad man with the moustache that ties the girl to the train tracks, or the perfect prince charming used to rescue the damsel in distress).  These crude narratives of absolute good and evil take away from the humanity of a character which is far more complex and demands story and reason for the creation of a monster.  People are rarely, if ever, simply born evil.  But how do you find good in a person that hates another simply for their ethnicity?  And more importantly, why would anyone choose to look to understand a monster? 

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