Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Subject Twenty-Four 20

One of our most destructive impulses as a species is our desire for revenge.  Seeking revenge doesn't undo harm; it only causes further harm.  If your brother is killed,killing his killer doesn't end your grief or bring your brother back to life.  It just creates more grief, more anger, and, in many case, a desire for revenge on the other side.  Revenge all too often begets revenge; people, groups, entire cultures can get trapped in escalating cycles of revenge that can ultimately lead to war, even genocide.

I can't exactly say that what Matt has done is wrong.  The Doctor was, in essence, a mass murderer; 22 people had died in the Doctor's experiments before Matt and Anna were swapped, and more have died since.  More people would have continued to die until the Doctor felt he had perfected his body-swapping process.  And then a number of people would have been swapped out of their healthy bodies and into terminally ill bodies.  By killing the Doctor, Matt has likely saved many lives.

But Matt's actions weren't driven by a desire to save people's lives.  He was driven by anger and a desire for revenge.  And right or wrong, Matt's quest for vengeance has done deep damage to his psyche.

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1 comment:

  1. Sometimes victory can be hollow. . .