Naturally the first thing that springs to mind here, being of a somewhat geeky persuasion, is Star Wars where the Empire represents the Dark Side. Now you might think of Darth Vader at this point, but he is redeemed at the end, so a more appropriate spokesdude is the Emperor, who rather conveniently also happens to be a Tarot card.
I was going to make my own version, but it seems that someone has already done so and is already working on a Star Wars Tarot. Huzzah!
At this point, I should probably point out the appropriateness of this particular card for me as representing the Dark Side. I don’t really get on with authority, never have, and I certainly can’t be doing with the sort of control and subservience that this suggests. No kneeling here, thank you (not least because my knees are a bit knackered and I’d probably have trouble getting up again).
So what, you may ask, is the useful message here? To be honest, I’m not really sure other than authority would seem to be a necessary evil (some authority figures being vastly more evil than others and you know what they say about power), and you need to decide whether you will bend a knee, rebel or just go about your business according to how your conscience dictates. I’m mostly somewhere between the rebel and the just-going-about-my-business myself.
So where do you stand in relation to your Emperor/Empire? Lackey or rebel? Activist or apathist? Or something else?
While you contemplate that, here are the links to my neighbours and the master list: