Tougher To Do Nothing YKTTW Discussion

Tougher To Do Nothing
(permanent link) added: 2011-04-08 14:04:06 sponsor: neoYTPism (last reply: 2011-05-23 14:31:54)

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So let's say the scenario by its very nature, implies that one should NOT get involved. Maybe getting involved would cause one's Secret Identity to be revealed. Maybe it is just so difficult to tell what is going on that it is more likely than not that in trying to help you would only make things worse.

Whatever the reason, you are told, whether by your superiors or advisors, or even by your own logic, not to get involved. Well, one would think that'd be fairly convenient as far as "what you're supposed to do" goes, right?

Well, in that case, one would be wrong.

Maybe it's a matter of emotional attachment to whoever is affected by what you can't get involved in. Maybe it's a sense of loyalty that isn't quite in line with pure logic. In any case the point is that sometimes it's tougher to do nothing.

Truth in Television, to some extent. Compare Samaritan Syndrome.


  • The above is a scan from Archie Sonic Issue #152, wherein Bunnie Rabbot was caught in some "nano-robotic contiguity" that wanted her robotic limbs. (From my understanding of it anyway. Not sure whether it's right or not.)
  • Great lecture on this from Vergere in the Star Wars Expanded Universe book Destiny's Way.
  • Kevin Flynn tries to use this philosophy in TRON: Legacy. His son Sam doesn't listen.
  • Also an issue in Dirty Harry, wherein Harry Callahan is trying to stop a Serial Killer but after getting beaten up by said serial killer is told "chief says beat it, that is an order." Harry keeps on getting involved anyway, likely because of this trope.
  • Averted in "The waters of mars" Doctor Who special. He starts off thinking it's tougher to do nothing then realizes "I'm the goddamn batman." and does as he damn well pleases.
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