Woohoo — this is my 1000th post!
A common theme in Monster is the idea that individuals possess the ability to become ‘‘monsters’’ themselves, but is this really true? While dining out with some acquaintances the other night, I brought up the topic of ‘‘What do you think makes a person considered a monster?’’ for discussion, and all of their answers were very different. Because we were unable to come up with a clear definition of a monster, I was led to create this post.
Who are we to decide whether another is right or wrong? For example (and this is just an example), say I killed someone, and felt no regret for my actions. You might say, ‘‘They‘re insane!’’ A specialist such as a psychiatrist may agree with you, but does that alone make your opinion a fact? What if there are others out there who agree with me in saying it’s okay to take the life of another? For each and every one of us, reality unfolds with a different perspective based on the results of our consciousness. What you may consider a monstrous act may be perfectly normal for someone else. What if you‘re the insane one and everyone else is sane? Does this still give you the right to label another person with the title of a ‘‘monster?’’ We all have our own views on the matter, because as soon as we take in new information, we taint it with our own opinions. So who’s the monster here? Is it you? Is it me? Is it all of us?