Wicked Witch

Some say evil is out there. I say look within.

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

I took an American literature course in my second year of college where the professor claimed he could prove the most evil book in all literature was Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn.” It was his contention that Huckleberry Finn was an innocent character and that is what often times made him sinister. Though it sounds like an oxymoron there is some real truth there. For example, he unwittingly plays a trick on Jim the slave by putting a rattlesnake in his sleeping bag. The forgiving phrase, “He didn’t mean anything by it.” doesn’t always fix things.

I think true evil is being removed from empathy. In other words, true evil has none. We should all take care to not be that way. That is, unless we want to be evil which perhaps some do. To them I say this: may the lack of empathy never exist in one who’s pointing the gun at your head. Having said that, I think our modern images of evil we see such as witches, the devil, and ghosts and goblins are archaic and meant only to shock. They don’t symbolize true evil in our own minds.

Author: Damien Riley

I'm an online diarist, blog film critic, & podcaster. My views on films and life are often 'left of center' on, but I have respect for other viewpoints. I married my high-desert princess (now my queen). We have 3 children.