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I stared at her. We were so similar in such different ways, but I couldn’t even begin to comprehend her train of thought. Why were the people who clung so fiercely to the notions of right and wrong the very same individuals that had the worst grasp of what they meant?

“There’s a habit some people have,” Glenn said, “Where they divide people into enemies and allies. It’s in your records, as a matter of fact, your propensity to define people as enemies and act without mercy, while being gentle and kind to your friends. The Chief Director is another person who is very similar. Pairings you two together, you could have been great allies or great enemies, but there’s not much middle ground. It’s a shame you have a powerful enemy, now.”
Glenn to Weaver, Worm

Count Dooku: Ah, such naïve joie de vivre. You and mah son would get along famously. Both such romantics. Soon you will see ze world is shades of grey, not black and white.
Anakin Skywalker: No! It is black and white! I've been surrounded by darkness since I was born. And there will be no more black!

"Media, news or otherwise, will always try to paint our reality as black and white as possible, to be easier to digest to a mass audience. Reality is nuanced, and nuance is hard to stomach. Situations like these are never black and white. And that can make people feel unsure of themselves and uncomfortable. People would rather believe Law & Order when it says that every legal defense we have is letting thousands of criminals go free than hear of the millions who've been prevented from being falsely imprisoned because of it."

"This man is an animal - rabid, destructive, and incapable of nuanced understanding. He. Must. Be. Put. Down."
The Ancestor, on the Fanatic, Darkest Dungeon

Perhaps it's time we drain the color from within
Till we're back to seeing black and white
And wrong and right again
Light Yagami, Death Note: The Musical, "Where Is The Justice?"

Darth Vader: I have brought peace, freedom, justice, and security to my new Empire!
Obi-Wan: Your new Empire?!
Darth Vader: Don't make me kill you.
Obi-Wan: Anakin, my allegiance is to the Republic! To democracy!
Darth Vader: If you're not with me, then you're my enemy.
Obi-Wan: Only a Sith deals in absolutes. (picks up his lightsaber) I will do what I must.

Darth Vader: I should've known the Jedi were plotting to take over!
Obi-Wan: Anakin, Chancellor Palpatine is evil!
Darth Vader: From my point of view, the Jedi are evil!
Obi-Wan: Well, then, you are lost!

The great thing about having enemies is that you can pretend that all the badness in the whole world is in your enemies and all the goodness in the whole world is in you!


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