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What makes a good man?

Is it his generosity? Or his selflessness?

Is it his humility? Or his benevolence?

 

What makes a good man?

Is a good man born with a halo around his head?

Is he a man who has done no wrong in his life?

Is he kind of heart and pure of soul?

Is he one who will not stand for injustice and suffering?

 

Is it the way he wept for a coin taken from a child, unbeknownst to him?

Is it the way he saves children from burning houses, heedless of his own safety?

Is it the way he granted a dying woman's last wish, though she was no one to him?

Is it the way he condemned himself to save an innocent man, though he could have not?

 

This is the making of a good man

For he is all these and more

 

A good man is one who had done wrong and repented his sins

A good man is one who turned away from hatred to bring light to the world

A good man is one who would give his happiness to bring about another’s

A good man is one who struggles with himself and chooses to do the right thing

 

Jean Valjean is a good man

Though of course he would deny it

Who else but a good man would save a damned soul like me?

 

Who else but a good man

Would save his greatest enemy

To the life and family he had made

And the happiness he finally had?

 

Who else but a good man

Would bring his relentless pursuer

Into his home

And into his heart?

 

Jean Valjean is a good man

Though he tries to convince himself otherwise

Who else but him could I have fallen in love with?

 

From fallen carts in small towns

To dark alleyways behind doomed barricades

Through the years and in the end

It has always been you

 

You who granted me mercy when I deserved none

You who emerged from the night to save me from myself

You who have always been patient and understanding

Though I did not always appreciate or wanted it

You taught me the true meaning of justice and mercy

You taught me the world is never black and white

You taught me what it means to love

Though I was never sure I deserved it

 

Gently but firmly, you steered me away from darkness

And turned my whole world around

You enveloped in your light and your warmth

And told me though I am damaged, I am not broken

 

Jean Valjean, you are a good man

You are generous, and selfless

You are humble, and benevolent

You are all these and more

 

You saved an innocent child from suffering and pain

And raised her to the light

You saved an unworthy and undeserving soul

And brought him into your grace

 

What wrongs you have done

Does not mean you are not good

What sins you had committed

Does not mean you are not deserving of love

 

You are a good man, Jean Valjean

You helped me understand what it is to love

Now let me do the same for you