Origins of the Sun Devil Continued: Kilo – Loki Connection
There is a lot out there about Loki. He is featured in many different depictions. Matt Damon plays a tortured, humanist version from Christianity in “Dogma”. Tom Hiddleston plays homage to the Marvel comic-book Loki from “Thor” in movies like “The Avengers”. Loki embodies a modern-day “Dark Side” in a way that seems more appealing than anything that wrinkly monster could dream up. He is clever and charismatic, witty and sarcastically humorous.
But Loki is the ultimate beta. Charming to a backwards under-generation, who must take every standard value and turn it upside-down. I guess when your brother (or father-figure in Christianity) is the big man on campus, you take what you grew up secretly wishing you were and denounce it like it is stupid. Eventually, because you are unable to let it go, you start to hate it.
Much of Loki's motivation is spite and envy, which seem to be very popular flaws for humans. This makes him understood by humans. But like humans, Loki is not pure evil, and can ultimately become a force for good.
Kilo is more of a corrupter. He has the charm of Loki, but since he is a manifestation, he has no soul or sense of empathy. He has no angst because he has no feelings. He functions much like a sociopath. He leads people to act on their impulses which eventually leads to their ruin.
There is one story about Kilo that we were told multiple times. The story tells of a school professor, who teaches in a military school. This professor's background was science and he was very well-liked and respected.
The country became occupied and the school was taken over. The professor was given an assistant.
On his first day the assistant said, “Listen, the people who have taken over want to wipe out your entire race. The only way to survive is to teach the children exactly what is on the lesson plan you receive. You will be spared when they see you have been loyal to them.”
The professor took Kilo’s advice, and he taught his class the lessons. He knew what he was teaching was untrue, but his fear of crossing the occupying force kept him from going off-script. He agonized every day as he taught his impressionable students proven falsehoods and smears about their own culture. Kilo told him to suffer now, so that he would be spared later.
Within one year, the entire civilization had be over-run with the occupying forces. All who spoke out were immediately killed. The other teachers eventually tried to warn their students and they were all hunted down and killed. The last one left standing was the professor and his class.
An officer from the occupying military came in one day and tested the children on the material. The children, having trusted their teacher, recited the lessons back perfectly to the officer. The professor was relieved.
The officer then instructed the children to turn to the very first page of their books. The professor’s version of the book was a blank page. The children’s versions read, “Anyone from your home country born over 25 years ago is un-savable, and ultimately, for the good of our people, must be destroyed”. The officer instructed the children to kill the professor, which they did, eager to perform well for their new country.
The story says the professor called out for Kilo, who had not shown up that day.
The professor story is the only story told by more than one person. Other stories involve a similar lesson, where someone is convinced to try to cheat or take advantage of a situation, and they end up falling apart in the end.