The Banality of Bad People

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 2, 2016 | No Comments | In Truth

[Vanadium said,] “The problem with movies and books is they make evil look glamourous and exciting, when it’s no such thing. It’s boring and it’s depressing and it’s stupid. Criminals are all after cheap thrills and easy money, and when they get them, all they want is more of the same, over and over. They’re shallow, empty, boring people who couldn’t give you five minutes of interesting conversation if you had the piss-poor luck to be at a party full of them. Maybe some can be monkey-clever some of the time, but they aren’t hardly ever smart. God must surely want us to laugh at these fools. Because if we don’t laugh at ‘em, then one way or another we give ‘em respect. If you don’t mock a bastard like [villain] Cain, if you fear him too much or even if you just look at him in an all-solemn sort of way, then you’re paying him more respect than I ever intended to. Another glass of wine?”

[Dean Koontz, From the Corner of His Eye (Bantam Books: New York, NY, 2012), p. 552.]

Written by Peter Darcy

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