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.
In fairy tales, evil is represented clearly for a child to easily point out. Even the manner in which a character is drawn or the way they speak would suggest evil. In real life however, evil is far more deceptive. Regular people abusing the very little power they possess can be construed as evil, because they harm for no purpose. Slithering politicians that utter lie after lie to catch an unaware population in their intricate web, are evil. Merciless people who use their knowledge or position to prey on the helpless, are evil. Criminals of all sorts aside, because they are generally glaringly evil much like their fictional counterparts, evil is within every person and surrounds us all. Only your actions can unleash that hidden evil, and only the masters of deception can mask that evil. So unlike fairy tales and children’s books, evil usually isn’t obvious, because it can come from the most unexpected of people or even the closest.