what makes a werewolf evil or good
One interesting point that author W.R.S. Ralston makes in his book analyzing the legends of Russia is when he discusses what makes a werewolf good vs. evil.
those that try everything to become werewolves = bad!?
One point that he attempts to make is that he believes that any humans who attempt to become werewolves in a purposeful way through some sort of spell, incantation, or other method are evil. These people are generally those who are after an elusive power and come into the very idea of being a werewolf already corrupted in their spirit, mind, and heart. These individuals crave power, and usually for some ill that they wish to do – their nature, even as a human is not longer good, therefore they cannot be good as a werewolf… he claims that many of these individuals are even “dealers in the black art”.
those that “accidentally” become werewolves = good!?
On the otherhand, Ralston indicates that not all werewolves are evil – rather those individuals who are born or otherwise come into being a werewolf in some sort of accidental, non-purposeful, or even indirect way are not corrupted and will likely not be “evil” werewolves, and further are not destined to be a slave to their wild nature. Rather, these individuals are “good” and still have humanity attached to themselves.
But have times changed since 1872?
These thoughts on the good vs. evil debate of werewolves are interesting, and while I see some merit in what he says, I’m not sure I agree completely on the “evilness” on those who attempt to become a werewolf. I can understand how in 1872 when this insight was written times were very different and “good” / “normal” people didn’t necessarily think about being anything other than human – those thoughts were left to witches, wizards, and those studying the occult. Then it may have been the case, however in today’s world where there is much more curiosity and open-mindedness when it comes to different ideas and concepts. In today’s world, those that would seek to purposefully attempt to become werewolves are not necessarily doing so out of the result of a corrupted soul, but rather sometimes even as a means to heal or better their soul.