Feb 26 2014

Cameras, Villains, and #MSWL wishes

**Note– I did NOT think about the auto-post networked feature when I titled this. I am sorry to those who surfed here expecting anything other than my wishing my fellow writers well wishes on this #mswl day. Serious “facepalm” moment on my part. I would untweet if I could. I’d change the title now, if I could. As it is, all I could do, once I realized the error, was run over and edit the post to include this apology note. My kid-on-Christmas-morning like enthusiasm got the better of me when titling. I am sorry to any adversely mislead.**

In answer to a question from the previous post:
I am of the Lenni Lenape tribe. I was also raised near a heavily Amish area- ones that believe that a camera can have terrible effects on the soul.

How do I feel about this? Logically and scientifically, it seems difficult to provide evidence to the reasoning. It also seems difficult to prove that there is such thing as a soul at all, using those standards. So one must look for evidence elsewhere. The most photographed people among us is a reasonable place to look. That would be celebrities and politicians. Could it be possible that the ones captured the most often on camera have had damage done to the soul? When one thinks of the most pure soul, are these who come to mind? 

This line of discussion invariably leads to a religious debate. What would this mean for the Pope? Or, being that high up, does he have a way to repair his soul? Can a soul be repaired? 

There are many questions that go along with this. I have the answers to none of them. 

What does one do about the fact that cameras are everywhere? There is one mounted on the traffic light which I need to pass in order to get from my home to anywhere else. They are in every store and hospital. Watch the show Person of Interest and you’ll see just how bad it is. 

Consider that some believe this so firmly that they equate having a photo taken against their will to rape and murder by torture. (I said some, not me.) Keep this thought in mind. Then go (re)watch The Village. That movie flopped, largely because audiences could not relate to the villagers, and did not believe that the movie was far closer to a documentary than to fiction. Villages like that exist. They exist. Right now. You could, hypothetically, go there. (It’s not likely that you’d find them, and even less likely that you’d make it in the walls.) Why aren’t they on Google Map Earth view? Did the trees hide them? Did some politician find a way to have them photoshopped out of satellite feeds? How are these people, who fled from the modern world to protect themselves, safe from satellites which have enough camera zoom power to take a picture from space? 

How indeed.

Now imagine that cameras could steal or damage the soul. Also, imagine that some large secret group had a reason for wanting 7 billion souls to all be stolen or damaged. 

Don’t be scared. I’ve just introduced you to my antagonists. 
Actually, do be afraid. Be very afraid. 
They are winning, after all. My protagonists can’t even manage to find each other, and without each other, they cannot save you. Their kind must reunite if they hope to save any of us.

And there you have my answer, thought process, how I came up my villain, and some idea of what the heroes will be up against. 

Thank you for your comment, Allison Bruning! 

And happy #MSWL day to my fellow writers.

1 comment

    • Jullia Hill on July 14, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Amish culture is, in fact, a pure culture where everyone loves the simplicity and prefer to handmade products like quilts, hats, furniture, dolls, crafts and many other. Thanks for the article!

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