Thursday Verseday with Arlinda
Free will and obedience have always caused a tug-of-war effect on individuals; do we obey what authority figures tell us, or should we decide what we want and what we believe in for ourselves despite the consequences? Although most would agree that we should decide for ourselves, it seems that lately the media has had a huge impact on the views of the public. It has become somewhat of an authority figure telling people what to think and how to behave.
The Fox show Lucifer provides an interesting spin on the evil image associated with the Devil. In this show, Lucifer has recently escaped from Hell and blames his Father for not loving him enough. He is prideful, angry with Heaven for demanding his obedience, and he resents Heaven for allowing mankind to view him as evil when in his reality he punishes the wicked and is a good person. In this show, Lucifer portrays a strong character that fought for his right to think freely and decide how to live his own life. Although he was cast into hell, Lucifer conveys throughout the show that it was worth the consequences as long as he gets to live his own life.
While the show is an entertaining take on the story of the Devil, it appears to be an extension of John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost, in which the Devil is made the hero of Hell for fighting against orders and exerting his free will. Some of my favorite lines in the poem state, “All is not lost; the unconquerable Will / And study of revenge, immortal hate / And courage never to submit or yield / And what is else not to be overcome?” Such a simple declaration alluding to Lucifer’s freedom to free will is made all the more powerful by the words chosen in these lines. As long as you are courageous your mind cannot be conquered and all obstacles in your path can be overcome.
While watching the show, although the topic may be a bit controversial presenting the devil as an innocent rebel, it reminded me of Milton’s poem and of the power we all contain to follow our hearts. Especially with all the fear circulating the country after the recent election, I think it is important that we all remember our minds are our own; they cannot be altered so long as we are courageous enough to think for ourselves. It is as John Milton states in Paradise Lost, “The mind is its own place, and in itself / Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven”. We have the ability to think for ourselves and the ability to act on our thoughts. Your will is your own, how will you use it?