No man chooses evil because it is evil…
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. — Mary Wollstonecraft
From A Vindication of the Rights of Men. This is, indeed, the mother of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (Mary Godwin), the author of Frankenstein. Their body is of work is often misquoted between them, but they were both revolutionaries. Sadly, they never knew each other as Wollstonecraft died shortly after giving birth to her daughter.
This quote is one of those that speaks to the heart of Watcher of the Skies. In it is Joss Raddick’s Bildungsroman, of sorts, as a godling coming into his power and self awareness. But it’s also about power and perception, about what good and evil are, and whether they can be truly defined as such. Enemies and friends switch places. Power changes perception. Lives hang in the balance. Because of their long lives, godlings can live as saints and as tyrants, then move back again. Whether or not they stay sane is another business all together. Love is but a fragment of the tale.