I listened to a Podcast this morning by Donald Miller (a message delivered at Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids MI. 11/11/07.) The message was about stories. He observed that one of the defining characteristics of a protagonist or hero in any story is that he or she is basically humble – the character can have struggles with addictions or depression but as long as this character is humble he/she is a good protagonist. He said, “The second the hero thinks of himself as better than other people he becomes a villain.”
Miller went on to pose the question, “Think of the way that you talk to your wife. If they were making a movie and the lead character talked to your wife the way you talk to your wife, is that a good character or a bad character? If it’s a bad character in a movie it’s a bad character in life.”
Good thoughts indeed.