Joan's at school reading a book called Play Safe: The Art of Self-Defense when Goth God comes up and comments, "I wouldn't worry about self-defense." Joan: "Then why the psycho mission? Because I didn't sign up for martyrdom." Actually, you didn't sign up for any of this, as I recall. Goth God: "Joan. Have I ever endangered you?" Well, there was that one little incident where the murderer was stalking her and tried to abduct her...Joan: "Well, you never told me to ask evil out on a date before." Goth God is taking an oversized art book out of his bag; it's called Lost Souls. He tells her, "'Evil' is not a word to use lightly. It's only the darkest end of a broad spectrum." Joan: "You mean like...light?" Goth God: "Exactly like light. Nobody's born in total darkness." The camera shows some artwork of grotesque monsters and demons in the pages of the book. He continues, "Most of you live on the gray end of the spectrum...a lie here, and there. Jealousy. Wrath. But you only get to absolute evil by doing one thing after another until eventually you're transformed." Like Michael Jackson. Goth God turns some pages of the book, letting his fingers drift over the depictions of various lost souls. Joan: "Like...into a monster?" He says, "A monster is a creature with no consciousness. They're extremely rare, but they do exist." Yeah, and they work for Fox "News." Joan asks if he's watched the news: "I'm not sure they're so rare." Goth God says, "Almost everybody has some light somewhere. And light is always worth fighting for." Joan: "Okay, so I'm supposed to find Ramsay's...light." Goth God says: "I just want you to listen and observe. Be present." That is exactly what Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön is telling me in the book of hers I'm reading right now (When Things Fall Apart). Joan: "That's it?" Goth God doesn't answer, except by handing her the book, and he leaves.
Joan of Arcadia
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Joan of Arcadia