edited 20th Oct '10 4:16:36 AM by HaseoNatsume
edited 20th Oct '10 7:47:51 AM by Iaculus
edited 20th Oct '10 7:55:25 AM by HaseoNatsume
edited 20th Oct '10 8:09:07 AM by WackyMeetsPractical
edited 20th Oct '10 8:17:50 AM by Iaculus
edited 20th Oct '10 11:40:55 AM by Dealan
edited 20th Oct '10 1:11:55 PM by Dealan
- If the issue is that (he? she? You haven't specified yet) merely made the suggestion, and we still think your villain is indeed morally culpable, then for parity's sake your hero ought to treat people who invoke Dead Baby Comedy through Rid Me Of This Priest in the same way as your villain.
- If it's that he/she made the instruction seriously rather than in jest, that's a matter of intention and not action, so - skip.
- If it's that he/she picked someone based on who would be suggestible, that's a matter of his intention as well; if the proxy hadn't followed through, then the villain's efforts were wasted on him.
- If your hero objects that the villain kept making the suggestion to lots of people until he succeeded in getting someone to do it... then it's morally wrong to convince other people of anything. Even though their intentions, and therefore their goals, opinions, and beliefs, don't affect the moral rectitude of their actions. That seems contradictory to me, but if you're okay with that, go for it.
- If it's simply that he/she made the suggestion to someone who would act on it, that places the primary responsibility on his proxy but still gives the hero a reason to go after the villain. But from a moral standpoint we're straying away from egalitarianism again, because we've placed the proxy in a special category of "people it is not right to use Dead Baby Comedy Rid Me Of This Priest Sarcasm Mode around" compared to other people with whom it is okay; and, if some joker makes a joke to the wrong person in ignorance, he's still responsible and punishable for the consequences to the same degree as your villain. If you are comfortable with this, this is probably your hero's best argument.
edited 20th Oct '10 2:11:42 PM by Noaqiyeum
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