Death Note -What would you do if you had a Death Note?
What if you had a Death Note; what would you do with it?. Now here’s a question for you.
What’s a Death Note you might ask. Well, a Death Note is a book where you write someone’s name and the person whose name was written in it would die within twenty-four hours, cool right?.
The concept of a Death Note was made popular through an anime of the same name. The anime told the story of a really smart high school student (emphasis on the really), coming in contact with the Death Note due to a supernatural being.
This said supernatural being dropped the Death Note cause he was bored and wanted to see the chaos that would be brought about by the note.
‘Pretty carefree Death God’ as funny as this may sound he behaved exactly like his name.
Light (The name of the student) got the note and the death god found him through it and told him how it worked. Being sceptical of what he was told, he decided to try it out. If you were in his shoes who’d you try it out on? An enemy? A friend? Your boss? A love rival? Lots of options out there you see.
Light decided to try it out on a death row inmate, a good choice as a human; totally smart and logical, logical being it’s a death row inmate, he/she is set to die either way. Most humans wouldn’t do this. He didn’t let his emotions get the best of him and he chose someone who was already meant to die and had done really bad things.
He got his proof when the inmate died. He didn’t stop there though, he decided to experiment on how it really worked. From his experiments, he discovered that if no cause of death was specified in the note, the victim would die of a heart attack, that was the default.
Also, there are multiple people with the same name, so when writing the name of the person he wanted to kill he’d have to visualize their face, so he couldn’t kill a random person by just writing their name. Thinking of it, you actually could, all you’d need to do is go to Facebook, Twitter or even better Instagram.
Find a random persons name and picture and write their names down; scary. There were limitations to this note too. You couldn’t write an absurd cause of death and expect it to happen. For example, if you wrote that a prisoner would die of a car accident when he’s securely locked up in a prison, it wouldn’t happen, it’d revert to the default mode of death; heart attack.
Now, back to our very first question. What would you do if you had a Death Note?
Think about it; would you kill an inmate just like Light did? Would you let the death note and pretty carefree death God control you? It’s impossible to know one’s answers, it’s impossible to know what options one would choose when given power, it’s impossible to stay true to one’s intentions with so much power.
Power like that could make anyone feel like a god; no matter how good you are. Getting a taste of that kind of power would mean you’re a God, and the lives of everybody were in your palms.
You could have good thoughts, say ‘I’d only kill the bad ones, people that really deserve to die,’ but down the road, someone else could annoy you, someone else could cause you so much pain enough to consider writing their name, and then it gets easier. After the first taste of satisfaction, you’d crave for more.
That’s what power does to the best of us. It messes with your sense of reasoning, and you do things ordinarily you wouldn’t do.
It corrupted Light, and he lost his way. He started to kill everyone who got in his way, he killed even his father, who was a good man, a father and a good cop.
It probably never crossed his mind when he first got it (the Death Note), that he’d kill a good person, not to mention, his own Father. It corrupted him, the power to decide people’s fate. Most times there could be no way to defend against the corruption but to give into it and forfeit your principles, an easy feat for most.
Well, chances of such a book ever existing is infinitesimally low, and if it does exist, chances of you getting it is even lower. So, it’s just one of those things you dream you could have or be able to do.