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originally posted by: Trachel
Swooping in silent that caped crusader appears in times of need.
Catalyzing destruction he leaves a trail of wreckage in his wake.
Buildings get detonated and cars get crushed. Bystanders panic and crowds flee for their lives.
Racing ahead in plane or car or on foot, that vigilante superhero rushes on heedless of the damage.
But the criminal he eventually apprehends. The villain he inevitably surmounts.
But what of the wreckage of leaves behind? What of the pain he causes en route towards glory?
Regardless the cost unto property damage or personal injury, that world's greatest detective never gives up until he captures his nemesis. He never rests until his objective he completes.
Batman has but one rule--a prohibition against taking life. That alone remains the unyielding foundation of his moral code. But gladly he'll cause no end of pain and agonies unto those he encounters along that path towards greatness.
Culpable henchmen suffer broken bones and serious concussions. Innocent civilians endure collateral damage unto possessions and self.
Yet Batman continues onward along that lonely quest towards his target. Those losses are inevitable consequences of his actions.
And that suffering he deems okay.
Operating under the implied creedo of "For the Greater Good," he justifies those atrocities under the auspices of benefits conferred.
But is that true cosmic justice?
Those ethics I analyzed whilst playing the latest Batman game at the house of a friend. Then those premises I took and applied upon a metaphysical scale.
What if you discovered you were the celestial equivalent of Batman? What if you found out you incarnated in places of great need and accomplished things of immense worth--only to wrack up a massive tally of collateral damage along those quests?
What if in your wake you left good people harmed and not-so-great people hurt worse?
What if the inhabitants of that world lauded your name--but a sizable minority amongst them would inevitably hate your guts?
How many people could you justify injuring (either physically or emotionally) to accomplish something of lasting worth?
How much damage could you ethically cause before the harm outweighed the good?
The old saying goes: You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.
But what happens when those "eggs" are other lives?
What happens when they're other people's feelings?
Congratulations--you're now the cosmic equivalent of Batman. So riddle me this:
How much harm unto others will you willingly accept before you abandon your quest for righteousness?
How much damage will you intentionally (or negligently) trigger before you forgo your mission?
This is a material world with physical consequences. It's impossible to achieve any substantial aim without stepping on a few toes.
And it's impossible to prevent any great evil without offending or injuring others along the path.
So where should the line be drawn?
How far will you go in the name of justice?
How many need suffer before you hang up your cowl?