Admit it, we all hoped Diggle would inflict severe pain upon Mrs. Dark, or at least indulge in something revengeful. But of course we were overjoyed when the Arrow stopped him (um, well, some of us were! :D) and wisely cautioned him with the above words.
These are the words of a hero (his past aside of course…his hands aren’t ‘The Flash’ clean! :)). His words and actions were those of a good guy. Too simplistic for the real world? Maybe. But then, we shouldn’t act holier than thou and point our dirty fingers elsewhere. I speak of countries and leaders who do forget (willingly) who they are and do become ‘them.’
It’s all about ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ and ‘way of life’ and ‘keeping us safe’ (gosh, are we still naive enough to fall for these catchwords?)… but in reality, it’s all about making cowardly choices to further your own agenda and there always is an agenda and ulterior motives when it comes to governments. And time has proven that chaos has reigned, while they professed to court order.
But we as citizens are equally to blame. We shrug our shoulders and go along with the actions that allow us to become ‘them.’ Why? Because it’s a macho action! It makes us feel in control, all powerful. Heaven forbid if we ever looked weak in front of the world! But what about the bad guys you ask? The ones against democracy? Well, how many undemocratic leaders are happily supported when necessary? Hypocrisy much? Quite frankly, the moral argument is lost. Don’t use lame excuses to mollify yourselves into becoming ‘them.’
Extreme situations lead to extreme actions and thinking. And that’s true not only for the bad guys, but as is seen, the good guys as well. So unless you have the will power not to convert into an agitator and respond in kind, you don’t have any right to point fingers at those who indulge in the same, albeit without the umbrella of legitimacy, while we conveniently change our laws to mimic their actions and declare it permissible.
Of course we must take steps to keep ourselves safe, but wise ones, without going over to the dark side, no matter what.
Point is, no matter what the bad guy does, we cannot stoop to their level, and if we do, we must cease our finger pointing. Oliver Queen stopped John Diggle from crossing the line with the bad guy! While we easily cross that same line with not only the bad, but the good as well. It’s not a ‘tough’ choice to take an action which parrots that of evil, it’s a villainous choice. So have the courage to admit your actions are not those of a good guy, for a good guy… a hero, never becomes ‘them.’
End of Rant