Exorcising Carnage Creatively…


Carnage – definition: the slaughter of a number of people : massacre

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Television viewers are assaulted with images of carnage on a daily basis. Regardless o,f if it is a war, revolt, terrorist attack or mother nature, there is human and animal suffering displayed to the world by the news cameras. When I was younger; I’m talking late teens early twenties, these images had a profound effect on me. I would have recurrent nightmares, which incorporated all the most disturbing pictures I had witnessed. It was at this time I resolved never to watch the news. My parents told me I should keep up with current events and affairs, but I just couldn’t do it. So I left the room when the news came on at my parents house and when I moved out, I never switched it on. Several years later I happened to accidentally see a news clip. What struck me was its similarity to the last report I had seen except the location of the carnage had moved.

What is wrong with the world, it is on some sort of repeat button? Are we on a thread wheel, going round and round in circles? Supposedly we are the ‘higher’ animal life on this planet, so why can’t we learn? Doesn’t the natural world give us enough to contend with without adding to the pain, suffering and carnage?

End of lecture…and on to a happier note.

The images I was exposed to on television and film still haunt me on occasion but now I can use them creatively banishing the demons. One scene from my novel, Life in Slake Patch, has my antagonist, Evan, in shock.  After a fierce battle he finds many dead including a close friend. He questions their actions. Was it worth the lives lost?

How do you expel your demons? 

4 thoughts on “Exorcising Carnage Creatively…

  1. I can’t bear to watch the news. No way I could sleep afterward. If not for Yahoo showing me headlines after closing my email, I may have no idea of what’s going on in the world. 🙂 (Where is the positive news station?)

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    1. If they put the positive news at the start of the news programmes and left the nasty stuff until latter I would watch for a while. But after distressing news item after item the snippet of ‘nice’ news is sadly lacking.
      Maybe having positive news would change everyone’s perspective?

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  2. I’m not sure that I can. I also wonder about senseless carnage, and all I can do is focus attention on something good and perfect to release the painful images. Flower, tree, animal.

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