I had an interesting mini-dream last night, that took no more than 5 minutes from start to finish. I found myself walking behind this bad-ass looking woman with a sniper rifle. We stopped when we were on a ridge looking down into a valley where some people were parking cars and getting out, and she was aiming down at them. The cars' roofs were loaded down with some kind of hard cases. I asked her who they were, wondering to myself if I was going to have to try to stop this woman with a gun from killing those people. She said simply, "They're with the Revolution of Lowered Expectations."
An aside before I continue... so this phrase, the revolution of lowered expectations, is from the Illuminatus! Trilogy. It's not a name of an organization there, but of a mindset; an anti-science, anti-progress viewpoint. But her words sparked a memory in me (which is how the "dream filling in the blanks" thing worked for me just then) that this was also the unofficial name for a group of right-wing nutjobs that wanted to take over the government because they didn't think the Republicans were going far enough or fast enough to drag us backwards socially. That this group wanted women to be property with no rights, wanted to exterminate "the gays," were racists to boot, and were also very capable of actually succeeding at an attempted coup. Life under that kind of government would be very bleak indeed.
All of that came to my mind the instant she said who they were, and I immediately responded, "You may proceed." And then I watched as she sniped them, with headshots, and I chuckled as they scurried in a panic to get their guns out and snipe back, which was foolish; they should have been concentrating on fleeing. They were all dead by the time I woke up.
The thing is, that wasn't much different than what I think my real reaction would be. In real life, I would have to know who the woman was, why I was with her, and if we were going to get into trouble for this. If for any reason we would NOT get in trouble for it, like if she was a government-hired assassin, then I would let her proceed, and indeed would likely chuckle as they scurried about in a panic.
Don't get me wrong; I could never pull the trigger, or hire a hitman, or in any real way be the cause of someone dying. (Hexing someone gives me plausible deniability even to myself.) Back when I was a child, I once accidentally killed a baby bird that had fallen out of its nest, that probably would have died anyway, and I still feel sad whenever I think about it. But for someone like those right-wing nutjobs, I would do like Batman from the first reboot movie and be like "You're right, I can't bring myself to kill you. But I don't have to save you, either."
It's also very much in character for me to laugh when violence and death befalls someone who really deserves it. When watching the Silent Hill movie, there was this scene where the demon girl finally gets into the church of the villainous bastards who blamed that little girl for being molested and burned her alive for it, and she uses barbed wire to tear the bastards to shreds. It's supposed to be this horrifying scene to shock you, but I was laughing so hard the whole time that I was having difficulty breathing, and started seeing stars. I was totally rooting for the demon child!
And you know, this reminds me of something. In the media, most villains are murderers and the like. But I think it would be totally cool to have a villain that never killed anyone, never ordered anyone killed, but if someone he hated needed to be saved, he or she would just stand back and smile and let whatever it was just happen. Not sure how to work that into a plot, but it's something to ponder.
I think the inspiration for this mini-dream was stuff on the news about this right-wing nutjob group called Sovereign Citizens, even though they sound completely incapable of doing anything like the guys in the dream were planning.
This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1165326.html
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