Friday, September 2, 2016
Vice and Villains
I’m thinking of the vice of greed. It’s a key characteristic of so many villains in both literature and real life.
Sartre’s play about bad faith, where so much of it is about the lust for power over the other. One character says “Hell is other people.”
Then, there’s the greed for money that drives one person to embezzle and impoverish many others:
This is Bernie Madoff, the face of much financial disaster in the US, and at least partially/indirectly to blame for the economic meltdown of 2008.
Then, there’s the greed for land,
added to the greed for power. This drawing comes from the era of the Irish Potato Famine, when Irish people were evicted from their land by the British landlords. The starving refugees could just as easily be the people in Aleppo today.