This afternoon l was watching an episode of The Alienist which to the unknowing is/was a psychological thriller drama series about alienists. To the novice alienists were those classed as either a psychiatrist or psychologist during the years of the early to mid 1800’s. [1830 – 1870]. The term psychiatrist soon became more popular and in common use in the later 1800’s and was attached to those specialising in treating those with mental alienation or what we know as today as poor quality mental health.
There was a line in this episode that basically asked ‘What compels man to do evil?’ and you may also recall that the other day l wrote in Afternoon Strollings .. this ..
Everyone is capable of the foulest of deeds, if you can write it you can do it, sometimes it is just requiring the right trigger point, the right or wrong prod, but you may write of murder, you can do murder, but you don’t that’s the difference.
… and Terry a friend of mine emailed me after reading that post and asked me if l actually believed that? I replied with, “Yes l do – if we can imagine it – we can do it – what we can do to people is terrible, we personally don’t – but others might do that and more without control”.
But there is nothing beyond our imaginations that if the conditions were right and we were experiencing enough problematic trigger points we might just implode or explode and run on a wild rampage.
He informed that he didn’t think he ever could do such a thing … he would not even write such foulness in a creative story, that he had no imagination that could create such horrors? I will not deny that l was a little baffled by his response – to say that a person cannot imagine foul deeds in today’s world, l find a little shocking. But maybe that’s just me.
He then asked me this …
“Why do otherwise good people do bad things?
What are the possible trigger points that could make good people go bad?
…. but as a teaser l also add this in …
Can you as a creative writer imagine foul deeds with ease?”
You don’t need to answer all the questions – so worry not – answer those you do feel comfortable with.
Personally, I enjoy writing dark creative fiction – although l haven’t written any for a long time, about the sins of people, the evil doings of murderers and l allow myself and my imagination to run wild – l think it’s healthy to exercise your dark corners … below are a few of mine from years ago.
Let me know below – thanks.