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Prompt #75 Influence the Dark Side

Antonia Mora

Antonio Mora

I am rewatching Star Trek: The Next Generation and in one of the episodes Troi meets a Betazoid who uses his empathetic abilities to manipulate negotiations. There is a huge moral debate as Troi feels that Monsieur Sleeze is using his abilities for his own benefit and not in service to others. She believes he misrepresents himself through nondisclosure. This whole debate got me thinking about how we influence others via our talents.

I could theoretically write a book inventing a fictional religion and end up with a handful of zealous converts. Even if the philosophy is based on peace promoting concepts there is still the possibility of my pacifistic fictional work inciting others to violence. The more popular, persuasive, attractive, and charismatic an individual the stronger the influence.

An inventor might create something in service to mankind only to have it adapted for war when it falls into the wrong hands. The beauty of a woman might drive the men around her mad with desire or the women around her mad with envy. That’s the scary thing about influence, about having the ability to inspire other people, about having a gift which we are, at least partially, enslaved too. Still to not do the very thing for which you are clearly designed also seems a disservice.

For this week’s prompt you are to explore the dark side of influence. Both fiction a nonfiction are welcome

About mindlovemisery

Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded.

11 comments on “Prompt #75 Influence the Dark Side

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  3. helenvalentina
    October 5, 2014

    Great prompt – it put me in mind of the Oppenheimer quote from the Bhagavad Gita when the nuclear bomb first exploded, and then I went in another direction from that completely….

    • mindlovemisery
      October 5, 2014

      Thanks Helen excellent entry and even though you changed direction you kept that feeling in the poem, very effective

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  8. inapumpkins5718
    October 7, 2014

    Holy Toledo – it’s a pain in my rear trying to please some of the people some of the time. I created a blogspot to make it easy for me, and easy for anyone else hailing from that county. Now if I can just keep my head from spinning…


    Regards, Ina

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