Truly Evil

The script writer wrestled with a new way to present evil. How could the subject be portrayed in a fresh way? Hostage situation? Torture? Murder? An affair? Corruption? Abuse of power? Then he decided upon a devious approach. Permanent damage.

The crisis situation would quickly resolve through the intervention of an official agency following proven procedures and the object of value would be returned. The twist? The condition upon return would be only mostly intact. Before returning the beloved item, it would be permanently changed in some way. Perhaps a little damage to one noticeable area. Something to make everyone who looked cringe inwardly. A cut? A burn? A break? Possibly all.

What about an invisible injury? One that would require a lifetime of care by others but would go mostly unnoticed by the general public. Perhaps future story lines could involve misunderstandings by well-meaning people who simply did not understand the nature of the condition. People who might offer unsolicited advice at random moments with no basis for getting involved but lacking verbal filters and good manners.

Imagine your favorite toy lent to a good friend who intentionally damages it before returning. As you stand there to receive your toy, your face falls in disappointment as you realize it will never be restored to fully good condition. It will never function as originally designed.

That is evil.

Write about evil: how you understand it (or don’t), what you think it means, or a way it’s manifested, either in the world at large or in your life.

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