In the contemporary society, humankind tends to ignore some of its major issues. People have the propensity to ignore the dark truths just because those contradict their comprehension of reality. One can observe examples of such elements through Sophocles’ Oedipus. As such, this paper will strive to expound on Oedipus’ case as it applies to truths in darkness, especially regarding child labor and inhumane treatment of animals.
King Oedipus had a conviction that he could outweigh his fate. In one instance he even disregarded the seer, implying that he would welcome any truth if it cured his kingdom from the plague. The king ignored the dark truth that he was the reason that people of Thebes were suffering (Fitts 55). Oedipus refused to believe that he was the reason his people were suffering, that him killing his father and marrying his own mother might affect his subjects. The same way the modern society refuses to admit they are the reason animals suffer due to the cruel nature of meat eating and strives to overlook the fact that child labor exists. Children across many societies are suffering, working at tender ages, in unfavorable conditions, yet the humankind neglects this fact. On the other hand, even as animal rights activists strive to protect the creatures from inhumane behaviors, a majority of people still indulge in cruel undertakings.
One thing about truth in darkness is that it reveals itself at some point in life. Fate caught up with Oedipus and, ashamed of himself, he decided to rake out his eyes so that he could not see the misery he had caused. Similarly, as much as people refuse to see the truths surrounding child labor and meat eating, they are consistently haunted by these truths as the reality continues to disturb humankind’s moral sense.
Fitts, Dudley. Sophocles, The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone . Mariner Books, 2002.