Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rant: Plato hasn't a clue

Recently got hold of a copy of Saving The World: a Guide to Heroes and I have an issue with it. Granted, I know this book was written back at the end of season 1, but still, this bothers me. My issue is in Part 1 Going Deep, section titled Comics, an article titled "Growing Pains: Heroes and the Quest for Identity" by Ben Strickland. On page 101 of the book is the bit I have issue with. Ben is referencin' Plato's Republic and goin' on about this bloke who finds a ring, the ring of Gyges, that allows the wearer to do what I can do: go invisible. The bloke apparently then uses this ring to rape the queen and kill the king and then takes the king's place. The theory is put forth that because I nick stuff that this is the path I will follow. Really? Really?!?! You're gonna take the words of a long dead writer who was obtuse enough to advocate that The Iliad and The Odyssey should be banned and attempt to apply them to me? Yeah, I nick stuff! Been doin' that since I was 16, been invisible since I was 13. What exactly would you have me do? I nearly died when I went against the Company openly! Or did you miss that bit? Have you seen what I've done since I left Peter's flat? Have you seen how it was that the wankers of Buildin' 26 caught me? I was defendin' friends! How about the fact I saw Molly safely 'ome to India? Are these the actions of a murderer or rapist? Any birds I shagged consented to it. Any who said no, I left alone. I never killed anyone in cold blood, never tried to take over as any king or president or anythin' like that. I won't say I haven't defended meself but were I as immoral as you would seem to suggest by your article Mr. Strickland, why did I risk me life to take a stand against the Company in the first place? You've likely seen that not only did I not go after Arthur Petrelli or Daniel Linderman, I also didn't take revenge on Bennet for shootin' me. Sure I steal. I can't exactly get a 9-5, can I? You've no doubt noticed I haven't cleaned out any banks. And where have you seen me livin' when I'm free? The roof of a buildin' in New York City and in a flat with friends in London. You don't see me livin' it up on some tropical isle somewhere, do you? I've read Plato and I never much cared for what he wrote. But you go on and buy the words of someone who'd have kept us all from The Iliad and The Odyssey. I'll be over 'ere bein' me, with me own code of ethics, thanks very much.

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