I've recently encountered a very interesting philosophical conundrum that I think can be personified to create a very intriguing creature or character. A month or two I posted a comment on the paradoxical existence of peace that I stupidly deleted on accident. The basics of what it said go like this:
By the nature of itself, peace is only given to the stupid or to the young (Babies and the like). I'm not talking about political or physical peace such as sleep or non-war times, but rather the... See More
mental state of perfect bliss. And the reason only the stupid get peace is simple. Their stupid. Idiots and fools are so unintelligent that THEY CAN'T COMPREHEND THAT THEY HAVE PEACE. As the saying goes, ignorance is bliss. But when people are intelligent enough to get what peace is, they instantly loose it. As soon as something reaches the intelligence required to grasp terms such as peace, war, ying, yang, pain, happiness and other representations of good and bad of the human race, their mind is troubled by annoying questions such as, "Am I a good person? How can I improve myself? Is this thing evil? Should I kill evil? Eh, who gives a sh*t?" and etc. Which means, that everyone who strives to live a life of peace must either hit themselves over the head until they start to loose IQ points or commit suicide. This essentially boils down to, "No human that wants peace will ever get it."
This could create a very deep and rich plot for an anti-hero villain. Someone who wants to grant eternal peace to everyone by TAKING CONTROL OF THEIR MINDS. Or maybe enslaving them to their will so they become a grand hive-mind that he/she (Or I guess "they" since he/she is a hive-mind now) immediately kills, effectively ending the human race. BAM! There you go! A relatable, naive villain that people can sympathize with! I mean, who hasn't thought of wiping the worlds evils away? Wouldn't that be the ultimate good? This means that the villain would thinks he/she is actually the hero and make the moment he/she realizes that their evil all the more devastating. Good content.
OR.....we can make them an eldritch abomination! Image a monster that relies on mental attacks. A siren maybe, who's song promises peace and rest to your weary soul. After all, everybody enters and leaves this world alone. Not even your lover or sibling(s) can truly understand you. Which would make this monster UTTERLY DEVASTATING as nothing would be able to escape it's grasp. Except maybe the mentally deficient. People who where so hurt by an incident that their sense of pain (Both mental and physical) is dulled to an extreme extent. Or people who where born with syndromes that took away their ability to experience pain. Of course, they would only be immune temporarily, as anything human has feelings. I mean, our senses are LITERALLY TIED TO OUR EMOTIONS. Especially hearing. Of course, it could be argued that constructs and magical creatures and the such would be completely immune. As would the deaf. Since their either not human or can't hear.
I hope that the people read this and maybe create their own little monstrosities that prey on humanity's naive sense of peace and include them into their books. These monsters and plots could be really useful if you use them correctly. I'm even confident enough to say that EVERY book could use this little glitch in our philosophy and mind to improve it's writing.