The announcement of the computer game “Diablo III” that is released today has brought back memories of how I used to play the first installment of “Diablo” back in the nineties. It was a fun hack-and-slash action role-playing PC game with great gameplay and graphics, based on the mission to gain skills and experience in order to destroy the evil monsters, including the big boss Diablo.
According to the game plot of Diablo I:
“The game starts when the player’s character arrives in Tristram. The labyrinth under the Cathedral descends from a simple dungeon to catacombs to the dark caves and finally the fiery pits of Hell itself, each full of the undead, monsters, and demons. Leoric has been re-animated as the Skeleton King, and the hero must kill him so he can be released from his curse. The hero must also kill Archbishop Lazarus, and eventually fight Diablo himself.
At the end of the game the hero kills Diablo’s mortal form, leaving Diablo trapped in a soulstone once again. The hero then drives the soulstone into his own skull in an attempt to contain the Lord of Terror. Diablo II continues the story, with Diablo having possessed the warrior hero who killed him. As for the other two heroes, the Rogue and Sorcerer, they also become corrupted by the Tristram quest and become Blood Raven and the Summoner, respectively.”
Come to think of it, the story of Diablo is a reflection of our inner life. Each of us has to learn to deal with our own “monsters”, for the greatest enemy is not someone outside but is ourselves, or more specifically, our own ego (or false identity). As long as we are fighting enemies whom we think are outside, we will not stay victorious, just as in “Diablo I”, we see that the characters who killed the Lord of Terror later became corrupted themselves. Indeed, what we hate, we become. What we resist persists. Our true victory, therefore, comes not by fighting, but by resting. We rest in our true identity, that which is eternal and unchanging – divine unconditional love.
“When we touch peace, everything becomes real.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Yes, only that which is peace or brings peace is real. All else is an illusion. Peace is who we are – we are the princes of peace and princesses of peace.