It’s not only mad scientists who create monsters. We all potentially can engineer them out of the unresolved and pathological distortions of our lives. It’s the Frankenstein effect and it can potentially happen to anyone. Lodged deep in the human persona lie a constellation of malevolent and benevolent forces. These forces are all endowed with possibilities, as ripples impacting space beyond the center.
A phenomenon of modernity is the supremacy of the individual. As such we exalt in the gospel of personal sovereignty and infinite choices. Yet we can not escape the reality that our actions do affect others for good or ill. The unintended consequences of our long reaching ignorance, maladies, prejudices, and biases are seen frequently in rogue politicians , dysfunctional children, oppressive economic systems, and pathological love partners. We like to assign blame to these freaks and I have to admit , plenty of them are blameworthy . Yet somehow we helped create them.
Al-Queda and Isis arose out of the power vacuum created by the massively incompetent and misguided policy of regime change in Iraq. Misinformed laws have kept petty drug users locked up in prison when they could otherwise benefit from treatment. The failure to bring addicts back to health has only exacerbated their condition since as branded criminals they will be less likely to rehabilitate and hence will cause more harm and cost more money in the long haul. By the same token penal institutions become schools of crime where the sole aim is to get tough and throw away the key. People become worse when all hope for healing and restoration is taken away from them. Public schools churn out petulant and spoiled brats with a grand sense of entitlement and a thin sense of responsibility and discipline. Lovers who start out as gentle can and do turn abusive stemming from the negativity and relentless bullying of their partners. Unstable persons prime others for the same ills they are guilty of. Abuse begets abuse. Hopeless and desperate societies have been known to spawn destructive demagogues ( Hitler is the classic example). Bad parents who neglect and torment their kids are surprised when later in life their kids are a mirror image of themselves.
Hardly a human behavior leaps out of a vacuum . We are social, interconnected beings whose motives and drive to action stem from the deeply ingrained attributes of our forebears (genes) our from social input (learning) . Before you ready your sword that will slay the monster, please do a bit of soul searching to figure out its origin. Perhaps we elected him (or her) out of insecurity and fear. You are stuck with a deviant lover. Tough. Ask yourself if in fact you contributed to him or her becoming what they are or he/she is merely a product of your lust and poor judgment.
Please note. I am not absolving the monsters from personal responsibility. Insomuch as they posses conscious awareness they are responsible and as such they must be held to account. We made them. We have to deal with them. But we must understand that our influence on others do play a role on what they turn out to be. The bitterly cynical and angry teacher more than likely will have a class that reflects who he is, minus due respect. Withhold love and appreciation and attention and be stunned to discover that your spouse has found it elsewhere to the detriment of your relationship. If you are single, who you are will most likely determine who you attract rather than who you desire. If you are a freak, guess who is going to hinge to you? I’m talking in probability terms here. Let’s no surrender to fatal inevitability.
Mad genius isn’t a virtue. The same brilliance that gave us vaccines and moon travel also created the atomic bomb and designer illicit drugs. The evil we sow today will rise up its ugly head. Karma has a long hand and long lasting memory. Be nice. Be good and prayerful. You might never know how your character shapes your surroundings and your future. Are you like the dragon who summons monsters out of the sea ( Revelation 13), or like the King who overcomes them? ( Revelation 19). Are you a source for goodness and healing in the world, or are you presently brewing the toxic chemicals that will hatch monsters?