Cry to Battle

Right versus wrong. Good versus evil. It’s the universal theme of humanity and for Battle Cries, this is no exception. Some may feel this concept is overdone in our literature, films and television. I disagree. After all, it is the ultimate conflict every person faces regardless of whether you’re battling an alien invasion or simply a bad day at work. To choose between right and wrong is at the core of our being. So what is right and what is wrong? Depending on one’s beliefs, this can become very confusing and muddied, in depth discussions I will leave for others. However, I believe there is a universal law. Hatred, slaughter, destruction of others for personal gain and power – bad. Compassion, care for each other, respect and courage – all good. There aren’t too many that can argue those points.

Sadly, I see the line between good and bad blurring. “I’m bad, and that’s good. I will never be good, and that’s not bad.” (Wreck-It-Ralph) We use the terms “bad” and “wicked” to mean “cool” and “desirable”. We elevate villains, making them the heroes. “No right, no wrong – I’m free.” (Frozen) Unfortunately, without absolutes, society falls into the trap of doing whatever each individual feels is right regardless of others. Like Mike says in Night Hawk, “I’ve heard it said that the just side of war is determined only by the side you are on. In a way I suppose that’s true, but I don’t think it’s completely accurate. As far as I’m concerned, a moral absolute plays a role in any conflict.

So, yes, Battle Cries may have a rather “overused” theme of good versus evil, but this is something everyone needs to constantly see and be reminded of. There is good and there is evil. There are individuals out there who wish to perpetuate evil, so there will always be a time when people must take a stand for what is right. It is the sad, but true story of humanity. So heed the cry to battle as Telamier faces its deadliest enemy and David Malard must decide what stand he will take against the overwhelming odds.

– Jolene Loraine