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It has often been said that time heals all wounds Although I believe this statement to be true I find it incomplete Time may heal but it never forgets This fact is apparent in our literature both classical and modern It is an oddity of the human condition we are fascinated by evil and wrongdoing History has forgotten all too many heroes but not one villain In this way we define ourselves and speak the truth of our very nature Deep within each of us is a repressed bloodlust the dark side nature has built in and civilization has tried to tear out that can be satisfied in this way After all any story is simply a means to know and understand something that can never truly be experienced a means to live vicariously The evening news like many forms of modern media is notorious for its frequent portrayal of tragedy but is utterly inept at depicting triumph It is a fear of evil that compels us to watch and learn it In this way we feel protected more safe simply because we arrogantly assume an understanding of that which potentially threatens us It is also a fear of evils temptation that draws us to its literature When we see what happens to those who lack resolve isnt our own reinforced Or maybe still it is a desire to give in to take the dark path coupled with a fear of the repercussions that finds us so infatuated Whatever the reason for this infatuation it is an undeniable part of our existence as a species We are all too often more captivated by the dark then the light in which we try so hard to stand Many strive to find and cultivate the good within themselves but all are delighted to find evil within others In Euripides Electra the single noblest character is ironically the simple Farmer He is a man of high principals and
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