First round of edits, I’m through 125 pages of what’s currently 140 pages of Tell No Tales. Currently looking to have this edit round done by the end of the month, after which I’ll get a clean draft printed and start really tearing into it for “need new scenes/details/foreshadow here”.
Now, since I really didn’t expect one throwaway comment in a Monstrous Compendium post to create an ongoing thread of debate… my personal take on prophecies, fictional or otherwise.
Long story short, they are inherently subject to abuse.
I’m not talking about law of averages, or “based on X starting conditions we can expect Y result given past experience.” Every cop and criminal prosecutor can tell you “the best prediction of future behavior is past behavior”. I’m talking about things that have absolutely no scientific, evidence-based basis.
Here’s one example for you: “People who’ve been abused become abusers themselves.”
This is a prophecy. This is a statement flung out by just about anyone in authority who finds out that hey, they have a Messy Situation in their laps they never asked for and they’ve been trying to ignore.
And it is inherently false. Statistically, about 3/4 of abuse victims never abuse anyone.
But, you see, the Prophecy means people who should have stopped the abuse can wash their hands of the situation and claim none of it’s their fault. After all, you wouldn’t expect them to help someone who’s just going to turn around and abuse others, right? That would be Evil.
I don’t care where you get your prophecy from, eventually it has to get filtered through a person. And people… people are inherently flawed, and tend to do what costs them the least effort and upsetting of their worldview.
Do what you like with prophecies, but I intend to handle any tossed my way with ten-foot tongs.