“Even small children are known by their actions,
so is their conduct really pure and upright?”
I like interesting characters. To create a great protagonist that has layers and real depth is a feat. However, an even greater craft is to create a antagonist that counters your character, yet is somehow relatable. Neither one of these characters should be cardboard or cut down the exact center of good and evil. If one thing changed in either person’s case, their story might have turned out totally different.
That brings me to H. G. Wells character Jack Griffin from his classic story, The Invisible Man. The more I think about it, he was the protagonist and in many ways his own antagonist. Griffin was a brilliant man who had great ideas and acted on them. His own personal struggles within himself made him distrustful of people. Maybe the desire to become invisible to society drove him to become invisible to the naked eye.
Once he had this power over others, Griffin felt he could be free from the troubles that hindered other people. However, his own battles inside him, and his anger towards others treatment, made him the target of others even in his invisible state. It was like a downhill whirlpool of problems that Griffin found difficult to navigate through.
I won’t drop a spoiler on you, I encourage you to read, The Invisible Man. I think you will see in Jack Griffin the struggle many people have trying to fit into a troubled society. However, this is not where this story is going. I want to encourage those who have the nature of Mr. Griffin to not let their invisibility to get the better of them. Yes, you might feel people don’t understand you, that they just don’t get you. Maybe you feel slighted and pushed aside when you have something to give the world. I pray that you not depend on yourself to draw strength, wisdom, and determination to succeed. You can ask God for the help when you feel like the world has turned a blind eye towards you.
On the flip side I want to encourage the visible to be mindful of those who hide in the corners, behind a magazine, or fall through the cracks. Are you in a position where you work with people on a daily basis? Have you found yourself so caught up in paperwork that you have forgotten the people you are helping? I know I have many times. Can it even be in the person sitting on the couch in your own home? Busyness can easily cause us to miss those people who are the closest to us. I encourage you to slow down, take a breath, ask the Lord to guide you to those He wants to touch today.
That life has two sides to it and we are each on one side or the other.
That’s when it hit me, maybe a good friendship for Mr. Griffin would have been a blind person. Think about it. To a blind man or woman, Jack Griffin was just a man. He wasn’t tramping around scaring others who could not see him. Griffin didn’t do anything odd or unsuspecting to a non-seeing friend. When these two speak, the non-seeing and the non-seen, the conversed as equals. There was no distrust or hidden motives. They can see each other for who they are on the inside. For isn’t that true that who we are is on the inside and not the outside? It comes out in our words and our actions.
Maybe that is the key to seeing the invisible people walking all around us. We need to be a little more blind to the things that often hinder us from seeing the real person inside. That might require some scales to come off our eyes and slowing down enough to share some time, maybe a nice lunch with a new friend, Mr. Griffin. If we can learn to reach out to the people lost in the shadows, then maybe someone we can help change an invisibles person’s story with a happy ending? (Everyone really wants that happy ending no matter what they say.)
Find out who Jack Griffin is in The Invisible Man by HG. Wells