Daedalus begins with an artillery bombardment on
the Western Front, the shell bursts nonchalantly annihilating
the human protagonists who are supposed to
be in charge of the battle. This opening scene epitomizes
Haldane's hard-headed view of war. And likewise
at the end, when the biologist in his laboratory, "just a
poor little scrubby underpaid man groping blindly amid
the mazes of the ultramicroscopic," is transfigured into
the mythical figure of Daedalus, "conscious of his
ghastly mission ...
The myth of pure evil gives rise to an archetype that is common in religions, horror movies, children’s literature, nationalist mythologies, and sensationalist news coverage. In many religions evil is personified as the Devil—Hades, Satan, Beelzebub, Lucifer, Mephistopheles—or as the antithesis to a benevolent God in a bilateral Manichean struggle. In popular fiction evil takes the form of the slasher, the serial killer, the bogeyman, the ogre, the Joker, the James Bond villain, or depe...