On the subject of Evil : Dog Eat Dog

My favorite song from Les Misérables.

I’ve flown up and down highways howling this at the top of my lungs. It’s the mind-set of one who would scavenge the dead long before ever thinking they were human. Grimdark books are peppered with these folks. The simple truth of scarcity-thinking permeates each word, and you can imagine — as Thenardier and everyone like him does — that the Harvest Moon shines on him and him alone.

The death of compassion is the birth of evil.

Lyrics:

THENARDIER ~
Here’s a hint of gold
Stuck into a tooth
Pardon me M’sieur
You won’t be needing it no more.
Shouldn’t be too hard to sell.
Add it to the pile
Add it to the stock
Here among the sewer rats
A breath away from Hell
You get accustomed to the smell.

Well someone’s got to clean ’em up, my friends
Bodies on the highway
Law and order upside down
Someone’s got to collect their odds and ends
As a service to the town!

(Valjean arrives, carrying MARIUS.
VALJEAN collapses)

(THENARDIER robs marius)

Here’s a tasty ring
Pretty little thing
Wouldn’t want to waste it
That would really be a crime
Thank you sir, I’m in your debt
Here’s another toy
Take it off the boy
His heart’s no longer going
And he’s lived his little time
But his watch is ticking yet!

Well, someone’s got to clean them up, my friends
Before the little harvest
Disappears into the mud
Someone’s got to collect their odds and ends
When the gutters run with blood.

It’s a world where the dog eats the dog
Where they kill for bones in the street
And God in His Heaven
He don’t interfere
‘Cause he’s dead as the stiffs at my feet
I raise my eyes to see the heavens
And only the moon looks down
The harvest moon shines down!

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