Title

the Devil in Nature in Us

Lead Author Major

Music Performance

Lead Author Status

Sophomore

Format

Student Film Festival

Faculty Mentor Name

Patti McCarthy

Faculty Mentor Email

pattimcc43@gmail.com

Faculty Mentor Department

English

Abstract/Artist Statement

Humankind was born out of the wild. In the forests and fields of the world, the never-ending dance with death brought individuals together. That togetherness brought feelings safety, security, and solace from the dangers of the wild. In truth, millennia later, we're no further from the wild dangers than when we were living, naked, in those forests and fields, no matter how much we'd like to believe that we're safe.

Yes, the wolves have been domesticated and the diseases have been vaccinated, and the food is subject to modification. But the essence of the wild, that untamed sinfulness that is hard-wired into every living thing in the world, that wildness will always be there, deep down in your heart. Our bodies were shaped to hunt. Our instincts were honed to survive. And our souls were written to kill. We may be safe from the nature of the wild, but are we safe from the nature of ourselves?

Humanity isn't about striving to be the best we can be. It's about hiding from the worst you can be. In a society that seeks to protect from the wild, it's important to recognize that we're all only a few thousands of years of history away from the Devil in Nature in Us.

Location

Janet Leigh Theatre

Start Date

9-5-2017 7:00 PM

End Date

9-5-2017 10:00 PM

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the Devil in Nature in Us

Janet Leigh Theatre

Humankind was born out of the wild. In the forests and fields of the world, the never-ending dance with death brought individuals together. That togetherness brought feelings safety, security, and solace from the dangers of the wild. In truth, millennia later, we're no further from the wild dangers than when we were living, naked, in those forests and fields, no matter how much we'd like to believe that we're safe.

Yes, the wolves have been domesticated and the diseases have been vaccinated, and the food is subject to modification. But the essence of the wild, that untamed sinfulness that is hard-wired into every living thing in the world, that wildness will always be there, deep down in your heart. Our bodies were shaped to hunt. Our instincts were honed to survive. And our souls were written to kill. We may be safe from the nature of the wild, but are we safe from the nature of ourselves?

Humanity isn't about striving to be the best we can be. It's about hiding from the worst you can be. In a society that seeks to protect from the wild, it's important to recognize that we're all only a few thousands of years of history away from the Devil in Nature in Us.