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Crash, Crash, Burn

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Wicked Witch.”

In a previous post responding to this prompt, I discussed Loki, the God of Mischief, and how his familial relationships and their subsequent break down are what lead him down a dark path. A path he did not initially choose but consumed him all the same.

I stand by what I said earlier. In that we create our own worst enemies. But we can also create an enemy of ourselves. For we are all capable of great things. Great and terrible things.

The difference could be in a single moment. The moment where we find ourselves standing close to the edge. That moment where one decision can define the rest of our lives. For better or worse.

This capacity that we all have for good and evil is always there. Whether it’s buried deep within or right on the surface. In my post about Loki, his initial reasoning behind causing death and destruction was his simple want/need to please his father. To show Odin that he, too, was capable of greatness. It wasn’t until after his fathers rejection that he chose to continue down this dark path. However, no matter what he did, his brother always believed in him. Thor always believed that the brother he grew up with was still inside somewhere and that he could be able to bring him back. But this belief in him, in Loki’s potential for good didn’t matter. Loki was already too far gone. He couldn’t believe in Thor’s words because he didn’t believe himself to be capable of redemption or forgiveness. Maybe he just simply didn’t want it.

In the current Thirty Seconds to Mars kick that I’ve been in, their song “Hurricane” always gets me thinking about human potential. There’s a line in the song that goes “Tell me, would you kill to save a life? Tell me, would you kill to prove you’re right?”

The first line makes me think that we might all answer “yes” to this question. “But only if the circumstances were right” or “it would depend on the situation”. Killing to save someone else may depend on a lot of things. Theoretically speaking. But in the actual situation, would things be different? Would there even be an “it depends” to even think about?

The second line is a bit trickier. Killing to prove you’re right is a whole different ball game. What could be so important that you would kill in order to prove a point? Would killing really prove the point you’re trying to make? What if, if it came down to it, people already thought you were capable of terrible things? Would you carry it out just to prove them right? If they already think you do terrible things, would you not just do them?

I suppose what I’m trying to work out is that there are a lot of things going on in the world. Many things happen that not everyone agrees with or what everyone understands. These things can cause people to take drastic measures. To ensure their own safety or that of others. It can push people to do great and terrible things. After all, every single one of us has the capability to do both.


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