Elliana L

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The monsters don’t just exist in fairy tales. They have begun to manifest themselves into our own realities, watching us from right in plain sight. But these monsters aren’t the archetypal, storybook characters, like dragons and ogres and basilisks. They are much more dangerous. They appear to be our friends. They gain our trust, promise to make our lives easier, pretend to look out for our best interests. But they are all tricks. The danger exists in their hidden potential. And yet, they populate the world in such mass quantities that it seems almost funny if one were not to have one. We can find them in our bedrooms, next to where we sleep. We can find them in our kitchens, next to where we prepare our food. We can find them in our living rooms, where they can watch us while we proceed with our normal lives. They appear in every aspect of our lives, gaining our trust and tempting us with their functionality and efficiency of communication. And it is only after they have gained our trust that they choose to strike. They brainwash us into taking them with us into situations in which most people, from an outside perspective, would prefer to keep them away. But that’s the danger of the monsters. They are renowned for their notoriously powerful temptation. They don’t breathe fire or wield fantastic mythical weapons. They trick. They trick us into taking them with us into our cars because “oh, it’s so convenient!”. They tell us that they can help. They tell us that it couldn’t possibly result in anything bad. They tell us that we need them. And so we take them into our cars. But that’s when they choose to strike. They draw our attention away from the danger ahead of us. They force us to look at them with bright, alluring colors and force us to listen to their songs of death. They are the Sirens of the real world. Tempting us away from the inherent danger in front of us, where one wrong move can cause irreparable damage, in favor of the empty promises. And it isn’t until it’s too late that we finally realize our mistake. But we don’t have to become yet another victim to these deceivingly helpful monsters. We can still save them. They don’t have to stay monsters. We can make them into our companions again. They have been corrupted by our idealizations and have become deformed and hideous. But the real danger lies in how much power we give them. We don’t have to give them the power to kill. We don’t have to give them the power to tempt. Hope isn’t lost. We can still save them. We mustn’t give them the power to distract. We mustn’t give them the power they want. We mustn’t give them the power to dictate whether we live or die. We must keep them away, so that we may become their companions again. They’re parasites that feed on us and force us to rely on them. But all we have to do is keep that power away from them. Keep it away from the driver’s seat, so that we may save them from becoming monsters and save ourselves from becoming their prey.