We all know the creature.
The monster. The dangerous thing, stalking, creeping, hunting in the silence of the night. Hairy, clawed, savage. Less than human…or is it?
For me, and many others who grew up with Universal monster movies, the word creature evokes the Creature From The Black Lagoon. Who, when you get down to it, is clawed and savage, but not so hairy. The Creature stalks and kidnaps the gorgeous Julie Adams, mesmerized by her preternatural beauty, no doubt with thoughts of ichthyological rape and scaly little spawn cavorting in the lagoon’s dark waters. The movie he’s in is undeniably a “monster movie,” but is he a monster? No. But he is, obviously, a beast, an animal, an inhuman thing. A creature. He operates on instinct more than thought, and in his case, because he comes into conflict with anti-instinctual man, it proves his undoing. Had he stayed hidden, not tried to woo, in his way, the beauty (a common failing among beasts), he would never have been harpooned, brought to man’s world, had his gills sliced off (a clumsy attempt to make a man of him), and ultimately killed.
Stories often warn us that this is what will happen if we let our creature side out. Our instinct. Our wild. Our Id. We aren’t animals, right? Never mind the blood and bile, our often maddening emotional lives, our wonderfully messy means of procreation. The fangs in our mouths, the hair on our pelts.
I’ve always been fascinated with werewolves, and themes of transformation often manifest in my writing. Often the transfiguration is into a wilder state, like the werewolf, rather than an “ascended” state. But is it therefore a devolution? Or is it an imperfect call toward wholeness? I believe we are at our best when we are comfortable with both sides of our nature, the primal and the thoughtful, the rational and the passionate. Be a creature and be a man. Be a creature and be a woman. Be complete.
Evolution isn’t a paved road away from the creature, it’s a forest path toward a better creature.
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Oh! That creature is fiery looking !
Yeah, I’ve read too much recently about our beastly side!
It’s situation reminds me of “The Phantom of the Opera””. Very interesting post.
Wil, ABCW Team.
There sure are a lot of old movies that deserve a second (or third) look. One of my favourites was “Them” about giant atomic mutated ants living under Los Angeles and coming out through the river’s graffiti covered cement channel at night. I can still hear the weird sound they made. Hello from a fellow author.
Excellent perspective, about Wholeness. One thing I always like to mention to my friends of the more “fluffy” ascended Light perspective, is the brighter the Light, the sharper the Shadows. Both are linked, and balanced if accepted. :)
“Evolution isn’t a paved road away from the creature, it’s a forest path toward a better creature:. Yes.
We should always learn to live with our beasts in full bloom.
I try. ;)