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BOOK: The Power of the Dark Side
The Power of the Dark Side




Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Caveat Scriptor = Writer Beware

I. DEFINING THE DARK SIDE 1
  1. What Dark Side 2
    What is Evil?   2
    Who is Evil?   4
    Why is there Evil?   6
    What does Evil want?   11
    Why is Evil sometimes so alluring?   14
    What’s the difference between Evil and Bad?   15
    What can we learn from Evil?   16
    How do we defeat/defuse Evil?   17
II. THREE LEVELS OF THE DARK SIDE 19
  2. The Dweller on the Threshold – Personal 20
    Our own Shadow   21
    Illness, wounds, and death   24
    When bad things happen to silly people   27
    Dark night of the Soul   29
    Gang-related   31
    Karma   33
  3. The Dark Forces – Impersonal 37
    Laws of physics   38
    Theories of other physics   40
    Time   42
    Duality   44
    Earth, Air, Fire, and Water   46
    Red in tooth and claw   49
    A plague on both your houses   51
    Techno trouble   54
  4. The Dark Brotherhood – Supra-personal 58
    Who is this Dark Brotherhood?   59
    Where did they come from?   59
    What do they want?   60
    How do they get away with it?   60
    How can we resist and/or defeat them?   61
III. THEY WALK ON THE DARK SIDE 63
  5. Anti-hero 65
  6. Bad Boys and Girls 69
    The Trickster   70
    The Rake and the Temptress   71
    Pimps, Panderers, and Pushers   74
    Mommie Dearest and Bad Dads   76
    Killer Kids   78
    Evil Twins   80
    Pirates, Rebels, and Traitors   82
    Bad Cop, Worse Cop   84
    Bumblers   87
    Dictators, Tyrants, and Cult Leaders   89
    Mad Scientists   91
    Psychopaths, Pedophiles, and Serial Killers   94
  7. Group-think stinks 97
    Stereotypes, racism, classism   98
    Cultural clashes   100
    Kids and cliques   103
    Child warriors and child workers   104
    Vandals, Goths, Golden Hordes   106
    Soldiers of God   107
    Organized religion   109
    Organized crime   112
    Corporate corruption   114
    Secret societies and shadow governments   117
    Big Brothers and bureaucracies   120
    Evil empires   122
    War, huh, what is it good for?   125
  8. Witches, Wizards, and Warlocks 128
    Shamans   129
    Witchcraft as science   131
    Wizardry as political science   133
    The Dark Arts   135
    Witch hunts   138
  9. Ghosts, Ghouls, and Ghastly Gods 141
    Ye gods   142
    Nature spirits   144
    Ghosts   146
    Vampires, werewolves, zombies   148
    Monsters   149
    Aliens   151
    Haunted things and places   153
IV. THE LURE OF THE DARK SIDE 157
  10. The Devil Made Me Do It 159
    The ghost   160
    The fatal flaw   161
    I was under orders   161
    Ate the Twinkies, drank the Kool-Aid   162
    Gateway Dwellers   162
    Guilt, grief, and shame   163
    Born under a bad sign   163
    Karma   163
    Curses and voices   164
    Aliens   164
  11. Devices of the Dark Side 166
    Sleeping with the enemy   167
    Seemed like a good idea at the time   167
    Slippery slope   168
    Deal with the devil   169
    Power corrupts   170
    Cover your ass   172
    Violence   172
    Go along to get along   173
    Dumb and dumber   174
V. CONFRONTING THE DARK SIDE 175
  12. Defense Against the Dark Side 176
    Charms and chants   177
    Therapy, drugs, self-help   180
    Ignore it   182
    Laughter   184
    Education   187
    Deception and diplomacy   189
    Exposure   192
    Non-violence   195
    Civil disobedience   197
    Fight fire with fire   199
    You say you want a revolution?   202
    Cut to the chase   204
    Seek sanctuary   206
    Trials, truths, and reconciliations   208
    The Primrose Path   210
    The Road to Damascus   212
    Get a sense of perspective   214
VI. WORKING WITH THE DARK SIDE 219
  13. Story Tools 220
    Selecting your hero’s worthy opponent   220
    The sliding scale   222
    The Dark Side of our future   223
VII. CONCLUSION 227
Bibliography 228
Glossary 236
About the Author 240







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