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A frightening, yet philosophical dream. [Jun. 8th, 2008|03:52 pm]
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I had this dream about three weeks ago and it cannot seem to leave my head. I've been puzzling over its significance for quite some time and--finally!--I think I've unraveled its true meaning.

Some background: I'm re-reading Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series (absolutely thrilling, epic, GREAT fantasy if anyone's interested). Well, in the books there are these creepy things called Diggers. These are gnarled little gnome-like men, completely mindless, that travel under the ground. At night, when travel parties are camping out on the plains, they silently come out of the ground with their rusty little spades and start hacking into everyone. Even though each of them are small, slow, and easily killed, they surface in such huge numbers that they usually win out and kill the whole party. Completely frightening, disgusting little things...almost like zombies.

Tad Williams really has a knack for thinking up utterly convincing new lifeforms, so much so that the memory of these guys formed the center of my dream, even though I have yet to reach the part of the book that first
has them in it.

So anyway, the dream:
I was in a village, newly returned from a long journey. I was remembering the night before, in which all members of my traveling party (except for Ari and I) were killed by the Diggers. The two of us had fought back and managed not only to kill all the Diggers, but to remain unscathed. I was a very good, confident fighter and knew that I could do it again, with anything. Still, I feared the forms that we were left with.

We had brought the bodies of the little things back to the village because I had a feeling that if we left them unwatched, they would morph into an evil too powerful to overcome. So here I was--with all members of the village around me ignorantly celebrating some holiday--contemplating how to end the evil within these bodies once and for all. I was afraid that they would be touched; it felt like the evil would spread like a virus if they were. I knew that I must burn the bodies, so I set them afire in a steel pan.

Instead of turning to ash, these little things burned down to an evil-looking liquid with spots of black and luminous red. I had no idea how to dispose of this concentrated evil safely, and was still puzzling over it when I finally woke out of the dream.
Indeed, I've been puzzling over it for weeks--it's felt so significant! I am realizing now, though, that it was trying to show me that no matter how hard one tries to rid the world of evil, it can never be destroyed. Much like matter--which changes form but cannot be created or destroyed--evil will always exist. So instead of trying desperately to destroy evil, we must rather find ways to minimize its effects. In the dream I was contemplating ways I could dispose of it to leave the least damage. Time and again I realized that it would always find a way back into the world when it wanted to. The important thing, then, is to anticipate what should be done when evil does find its way out into our midst. There is always a way to deal with it, and there is ALWAYS a way to survive it.

[User Picture]From: katinator44
2008-06-08 11:59 pm (UTC)
From 17 years of attending a Mennonite church who blissfully runs around and thinks if they give enough money, drum enough drums, build enough homes, and say just the right thing the world will be evil free. I don't feel this way, as you have realized. But even so I don't think the world is made up of good and evil...just people. Angry people, sad people, desperate people, and proud people (of course there's a lot more). Then all these people disagree and it gets ugly and we label that evil. I don't think there's any way to get rid of it except to pick one person, kill off everyone else, and clone that person to populate the world and that alone would fall into the category of "evil".
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[User Picture]From: akumadaimyo
2008-06-09 12:43 am (UTC)
Except that cloning only clones the appearance, not attitude. You CANNOT clone a personality. That is formed via life experiences and socialization with other people. So that idea is very wrong. Evil cannot be gotten rid of unless no one has the free will to commit evil. But then it's said that taking away free will is evil. So it's hopeless. But to give up would be stupid. One does not give up putting out forest fires because there will always be more. If they do they are stupid quiters and deserve to burn alive.
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[User Picture]From: katinator44
2008-06-09 01:51 am (UTC)
I think there's a big difference between trying to achieve world peace and just trying to achieve peace. Striving for peace by helping those who need it is a beautiful and wonderful thing, but expecting to rid the world of evil completely is a different thing. Just because world peace isn't possible doesn't mean we should stop doing things to help other people by any means :) and you're right...I just had in my head the idea of the world being populated by one person. I doubt it would ever happen, was just an example.
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2008-06-09 02:11 am (UTC)
Exactly...even as I was writing the entry it occurred to me that the word "evil" is only a placeholder for negativity in general. The concept is indeed man-made, as is the concept of time. But yeah...any attempts to destroy evil from the world will only create more, and be evil in itself...it's funny like that, huh?
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[User Picture]From: akumadaimyo
2008-06-09 12:40 am (UTC)
Evil is an idea and a mindset, not a physical form. A man may die, but not his ideas. That includes evil. Hitler may be dead but his idea of fascism and Nazism lives on. The Devil might not be real but there are people who think he is and live up to those ideas of evil for hope of a reward from the Devil himself. So no matter how many people you kill or turn away from evil acts, there will always be more. It's the price of free will. Free will allows the choice of evil or good or even to be neutral. Only without free will could life be free of evil but then what kind of life would that be at all?
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[User Picture]From: minuetcat
2008-06-09 02:08 am (UTC)
Very well said! That's what my dream was trying to convince me of, and it worked.
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[User Picture]From: rewhite
2008-06-10 02:41 pm (UTC)
The next night, I had a nightmare. I was in Chicago.

When I told Amanda, she asked what happened. I replied that I was in Chicago, and that place gives me the willies.
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