The innocent villain


I met him, who you laughed at
———————threw pebbles at
————-shockingly mocked at
the utter fool, most intelligent
the blind who’d clear eye-sight
——–the villain, most innocent
the liar who never any lies told
at the mount Cithaeron’s foot.

My presence he’d have felt, but
Uphill he was blankly looking at;
“Had you not tried your own past
You would have kept your post
At least, your clearer eyesight,”
Yet he said his choice’s all right
For the two sins he’d committed
By suffering only he could repay it.

Had he not his life thus sacrificed,
We would’ve this tradition missed.

Note: By tradition, I mean the tradition of tragedy.
(Oedipus is a self-explorer. First, he does his exploration elsewhere, so he cannot find that truth that he wanted to uncover. Then amidst all the others’ protest (because for the ordinary, finding the bitter truth is nihilistic and self-destructive), he fiercely begins his self-exploration, which makes him find the ugly truth about himself. The result is Oedipus blinding himself so he may terribly suffer in his life-time for the sins he has unwittingly committed. The Theban elders suggest him that dying would be better. However, Oedipus proves his choice right, saying that for the two sins he has committed (unwittingly though) he has to terribly suffer during his life-time, which wouldn’t even be enough to repay them.

Copyright © July 21, 2018, Newton Ranaweera
Image source: Pixabay

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