What You Know Can Kill You

Let’s debunk a popular saying: what you know, can’t hurt you.

What if you don’t know that an electricity cable falling in a pool of water will electrify the water? That could definitely hurt you, were you to step into the water. What if you didn’t know you were allergic to bees, and so attempted to pat one? What if you mistakenly thought the torch-wielding mob rushing towards you was your belated surprise birthday party?

So let’s just agree: what you don’t know, can hurt you. And it can hurt you hard.

But if you’re  a character in any fiction media – a book, movie, comic – then what you do know can hurt you just as much. In fact, knowledge can be fatal.

How many times do we see the man about to deliver his letter, the woman with some secret to reveal, shot dead, run over, electrocuted, or taken by some other disaster, man-made or natural? Swept away moments before the revelation can leave their mouth. Sometimes the audience is privy to this information, and sometimes not, but every time the other characters are left to flounder in the dark without the benefit of knowledge.

And perhaps this is better for their survivability. A secret threatened to be revealed to early is almost always fatal for the one who knows it.

So beware, all you who tread the realm of imagination. What you know can kill you.

And so can birthday parties.


About Anneque D. Machelle

Anneque "Dangerpus" Machelle (rhymes with ranger wuss) is a rebel and a rogue from way out west. Strictly banned from interactions with other human beings, she spends her days amongst molluscs, dogs and lizards, whom she counts as her closest friends.

Posted on October 7, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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