We think the monsters that are out there are so easily detected. They somehow must give some sort of scent, look, or tell. The truth is the truest monsters come with no warning and they look just like you or I. They hide in plain sight. There is no way to detect their black souls until they have done something so telling we wonder why we never saw the truth of who they are before. They hide under the cloak of normal and even boring. They walk among us, act like one of us, and even portray to have our very own desires on the surface. It isn't until you peel back the skin of the carefully constructed illusion that we are made painfully aware that fundamentally we are so very different. Monsters lack compassion and empathy which makes them especially dangerous because it is greed and just plain selfishness that drives them. Why is it if we know they roam so freely among us are we truly surprised at there existence? The next time you are tempted to let your guard down to believe, trust, or love be sure you are seeing the real image because even the most beautiful creatures can be a monster in disguise.