Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Good Guys

This morning I was thinking the plot of the Fox television series "24" is always a ticking bomb, and in every season, Jack Bauer is forced, forced, to torture someone, but that's OK, because there's this ticking bomb, and besides, we're the good guys. Aren't we?

Why do we think we are the good guys? Just because? For no reason, no matter what we do? Or do we think we are the good guys because we have boundaries, because there are things we would not do? If it is the latter, then at what point, if any, do the crimes we excuse on the grounds that "we're the good guys," cause us to to cease to be the good guys?