“I never liked the phrase ‘looking down on’ something…”

“I never liked the phrase ‘looking down on’ something. It’s supposed to mean that someone feels smug and superior, sees themselves as above the concerns of another. But to me, looking down implies you care enough to see where someone lesser is. After all, the greatest damage is caused not by the man who looks at the ants to know how high he is. It’s caused by the man who doesn’t even look at what he steps on. Me? I look down on mortals. But I don’t look to know how high I am – I look to see where I step.”

-Onore, Goddess of Light and Law

This is something I wrote to try and show Onore’s sense of – for lack of a better term coming into my head at the moment – noblesse oblige. Basically, “I’m better than you in every way, but intend to help you because it’s the right thing to do.” In addition, the speech is written in such a way that you could hand it to a villian and it would still work. This is a huge part of Onore as a public figure – to her people, she is practically benevolence incarnate, a beacon of light and law within an unending sea of blackness and chaos. To everyone else, though, she is a misguided despot who only thinks herself good.

What do you guys think? Good, bad, stupid?

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2 comments on ““I never liked the phrase ‘looking down on’ something…”

  1. I think it is quite good, a way of putting a positive spin on a phrase that is typically derogatory.

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