TDV 110: The Noumenal Cleanse

August 29th, 2017 by Sharkchild

I was a lonely man—an outcast. I did not and could not enjoy small talk or friendly “hellos” with the people that intertwined with my daily activities. If even I were to offer money to the homeless, they would not take it from me. The reason was a perfect trifecta of parts: one part due to half my face and left eye looking like a caved in pie, one part due to my visceral, ultra-violent apparel and brash scampering in a black wheelchair with a lifeless lower body, and the last part due to my personality being uglier than the first two parts. I used my disfigurement and disability to frighten, harass, and even bully; it was my way of making an impression in the world—it was my way of feeling alive.

I set out daily to make others feel an ugliness within akin to the ugliness I exuded outwardly, and I succeeded with ease. Whether shock, bitterness, or anger, I fed off of the reactions I prompted. Animosity amongst strangers was much easier to harness and to accept than one friendship with an individual who could not look me straight in the face. I treated my family no differently, although they were strangers to me all the same.


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24 Responses to “TDV 110: The Noumenal Cleanse”

  1. avatar Eric Says:

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    The darkness calls to me again!

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