There needs to be some cynicism in society. It protects the naively idealistic among us from the nefarious forces at work in the world. Optimism should carry a "caution" sign. It's good to say that "the glass is half FULL" if it is believed to contain something good - with the hope that it will eventually be filled. However, it is also important to "see the glass as half EMPTY" when it is suspected that it contains something that will kill you. I usually catch a lot of criticism for what I've said here. But, I don't really care. There needs to be a balance of naivete and cynicism (i.e., optimism and pessimism). We do, after all, live in a world of good and evil, love and hate, beauty and ugliness, et-al. It is the persistently naive with their heads in the sand who will find themselves unexpectedly sodomized. David T. Wolf said that "Idealism is what precedes experience. Cynicism is what follows.".
I'm digressing. I have a couple of pieces of artwork that I want to post as examples of my "dark side" art making. The first is a little doodle that portrays an innocent looking little figure who has met with a shockingly horrific experience. I've found that women have the greatest response to this piece. I think it must be their nurturing instinct. They may want to sooth the violently anxious lines of the drawing, or place a tourniquet on his bloody arm.
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