I finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire this weekend, as I spent much of my time not feeling up to doing anything except reading and resting. As always, there is lots to be learned from a book, and this one was no exception. We do tend, however, to pull parallels to our own lives when things are lurking in our subconscious that are bothering us.
This blog post will be intentionally vague, because I don’t wish to come under the same scrutiny as I have over the last couple of weeks. Needless to say, it’s been an enlightening and disappointing experience.
As I was reading the last 100 pages or so of the book, and the characters began to unravel and speak more truthfully, the one villain states, “Decent people are so easy to manipulate, Potter.”
Isn’t that the truth?
When you know someone who operates truthfully, with integrity and stands by their own thoughts and emotions, you know what makes them tick. Inherently decent people always do the right thing, defend the weak or young, always tell the truth, believe in fairness, and give trust willingly (at first).
I had hopes and good intentions with all that I put out into the world. The honesty and naivety with which I put this information out for all to see, learn from and understand made it quite easy to manipulate its intention. For it is easy to manipulate decent people. They are easy to read, easy to fool and easy to misjudge by people with less-than-stellar morals.
To again tie back to the story I was reading, one particular character, known for his integrity, honestly and true belief in good went on the say the following to another, “You are blinded by the love of the office you hold, Cornelius!” and further went on to decree that, “If your determination to shut your eyes will carry you as far as this, we have reached a parting of the ways.”
It was of course Dumbledore stating his displeasure with an elected official choosing the easy path over the correct path; the popular path over the difficult-to-explain path. Those who are truly decent are often the minority. To always do the right thing with the right intentions means you will face adversity from the hundreds of sheep in your path. People in general are not always decent, in fact, I would say that most are not, because they do what they think will get them furthest up the ladder, make them look better over another, or win them admiration by other folk. And the easiest path to this end is to knock down other people, rather than build themselves up.
Decent people do what is right for them. They do what is right always. They live by what is true and good and pure. And often they are not liked for it.
Take what you will from my review of a favourite book series of mine. Not perfect are the parallels, but the intention behind the lessons is the same.
While many may not agree, I will continue on the path that might be long and rough and difficult, so long as it is the one to do what is truthful and right.