October 26th, 2006
What is Evil? Have you seen it?

I want to mention a few things before I launch into the subject of this entry. First, I’d like to apologize for the quality of the picture on the Phantom Warriors: Saber-tooth page. I had to use a tiny jpeg and stretch it. The good news is that the blurb and excerpt are up for everyone’s perusing. 🙂

The second thing I’d like to mention is Monica Jackson’s Romancing the Blog entry today. It gives you a lot of food for thought and makes you realize that although it’s 2006, not much has changed in the world. Sigh.

Now onto my original subject. Tess Gerritsen recently asked everyone visiting her blog to tell her if they’d ever seen evil in someone’s eyes. I did comment in the entry about an experience I’ve had on a couple of occasions. I’m not exactly sure what it meant. (If it took place more often though, I’d seek medical attention. *ggg*) I’ve actually been thinking a lot about the responses she received. I find them utterly fascinating.

I’m not sure I’ve ever looked into the face of evil. (Pretty grateful about that actually. 🙂 In the urban fantasy I’m writing, I do a twist on good and evil but it’s nothing like the real experiences people wrote about. Not sure if that’s good or bad. Right about now, you’re probably wondering why in the world I brought this subject up. Well, it stems from the episode of Ghost Hunters that I watched last night…right before I went to bed. (wg) There was a haunting in a house that the investigators were concerned might turn violent later on. The haunt kept waking up the couple’s daughter and asking her to play. She would get up and play with the entity. One night she was ill, so she slept in bed with her mom. The dad slept in his daughter’s bed. He was woken up by something whispering near his ear. It kept asking where his daughter was by name. He told it that she was sick and it suddenly pulled the sheets tight, trapping him beneath the covers then proceeded to jump on the bed. It kept it up until he told it that it was scaring the crap out of him. It giggled, then stopped. (At this point, I would’ve personally packed up the house and moved.) The ‘ghost’ sounded like a child, but a couple of the investigators were concerned ‘it’ might be lying. :-O This episode got me thinking about Tess’ entry.

As humans, are we able to recognize evil when we ‘see/sense’ it? If we can’t, then why not and what do you think the ramifications are?

8 comments to “What is Evil? Have you seen it?”

  1. I’m such a hopeless realist. In a case like this, I’d probably consider what could have been wrong with the wine I had before I went to bed. 🙂

  2. LOL Gabriele!!! You’re assuming that someone had been drinking. *ggg*

  3. In real life, I think I’ve only sensed it inside someone. But I knew it when I did, knew what it was & that I should get away from it. One of those people turned out to be a multiple murderer who never showed remorse.

    And I’ve seen it in dreams, of course–one recurring one that never failed to scare the sh!t out of me…it featured a very well-dressed gentleman who knew my name, who I was, had a beautiful, seductive smile, always seemed pleasant–and always assured me that no matter what I did, I’d always belong to him, and I’d never escape.

    He was also, btw, the best-looking man I’ve ever seen in my life! Ack!!

  4. Wow Raine, your instincts were kicking in good around the killer…thank goodness. Don’t know what to make of the dream man. *g*

  5. I have seen evil in someone’s eyes, more than once. Before I took time off work to be home with my kids (and discovered this writing gig) I worked with abused and neglected children and domestic violence victims and survivors. I’ve stared a man in the face who kicked his 2 year old to death and had the audacity to tell me it was his right to discipline the child that way. And I saw a man who later killed his estranged wife in an alley where she’d dropped her child off for supervised visitation. He later killed the child and himself in San Francisco.

    Evil isn’t vampires, it’s human beings who think they’re above the rest of us and can do anything they want to, no matter the cost.

    All in all, this job is way better for my nerves than my old one was.

  6. I think when people dull their natural senses, something modern life contributes to between all the extra stimuli and the reliance on external validation vs. tuning into the internal voice to recognize truth and clarity, then it’s easy for evil to slip by, unnoticed, and get away with the horses before you realize the barn door’s been opened. That’s the frightening part. Because evil uses that as a duck blind.

  7. Wow Lauren, that’s a whole lot of suckage. Seriously. I bet you couldn’t get out of there fast enough. 🙁 I’ve only seen ‘dead’ eyes in sociopaths. Luckily, they’ve all been on television.

  8. Ursula, Good point. I do think that ‘modern’ comforts dull our ability to sense when things are off.