25 April 2011

S is for Simon - S is for Scott

Simon and Scott. Simon is the villain of IVRRAC, Scott is the hero. Simon is the murderer of seven innocent ladies, Scott has the chance to save many others. The interesting point is that Simon and Scott are the same person.
Without giving too much away, IVRRAC is the demonstration that an "evil person" can also do good  or in other words everyone has some good within them. The hard thing is to get at that goodness and allow it to take over from the bad.
In reality it is almost impossible to do so, but part of the solution is forgiveness. This allows a person to take responsibility for their actions and start making amends. Hatred breeds hatred, while we have hatred the solution remains hidden beneath more and more evil.
Simon is full of hatred, but as Scott he is shown forgiveness, this forgiveness allows Simon to come to terms with his past and allows him to move on. I am purposely being vague here so I do not give the plot away.
The question here is do we want rehabilitation as in what IVRRAC attempts to do with Simon or do we want punishment? When our child decides to spread jam (or jelly) all over our good carpet, do we punish them as an outlet for our anger, or do we punish them in a hope they will learn not to do it again?
The answer I hope is the latter, we must show our displeasure and show that the actions are not acceptable no matter what the punishment is. Sometimes a parent's displeasure is enough, sometimes it is not, depends on the child. But what ever the case the child must know that the behaviour was not acceptable. This is part of rehabilitation and this is what Simon discovers as Scott, the turmoil that follows is immense and through this turmoil he discovers the hidden murderous secret of the IVRRAC process.
A lot of crime is done with justification, many criminals do not think themselves as evil, but justified. This justification is what needs to be destroyed to have any chance of rehabilitation, but to see what a person deems as justification we must remove our own justification which blinds us to their thinking. This is where forgiveness comes in, by forgiving a person we remove our justification and can then see more clearly what their viewpoint may be. By this means we can slowly turn them around to see that their own justification is not valid either. Once this is done they will never offend again. - Well that's the theory anyway.
Think about it at least.

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