I've been thinking about a few things lately. Also drinking just a little bit. Looking at this game of cat and mouse we've been playing and the notions we have of who the "good guys" and the "bad guys" are. I want to ask a few questions.
Let's take a "runner" that a lot of people are familiar with. Elaine, how about. She's pretty popular these days. Could be anyone, really. Elaine's who we're using, but feel free to substitute it with any other "runner's" name. It could even be your own, if that didn't automatically mean you'd have a biased opinion in the matter. Just has to be someone who's not a complete pacifist, and who would kill if it became necessary.
Let's take someone like me, who works for The Boss for the sake of protection for themselves and their brother. Again, could be anyone. Just a "proxy" who works for The Boss willingly, but for good reasons.
Let's take someone like Poe, who really had no choice in the matter and is afraid for their life, yet actively pursues "runners." It's their job, and they have to do it, no questions asked.
Let's take someone like Nee-chan, who clearly has some preexisting issues, like an inferiority complex and what's probably some sort of stunted growth of moral comprehension. Someone who hunts down people and enjoys it, but who really doesn't quite understand the implications or repercussions of what they're doing, just because they're not quite there.
None of us have any sort of particular grudge against each other. In fact, there might even be some respect, or even affection, returned or unreturned. Sound neutral enough? In the end it doesn't matter, because we're all just examples to set up a scenario.
And now let's ask ourselves a few questions. Let's look at these six questions and give them a complete lack of context other than "they were in the same room together and they were on different sides." All we know is that the two of them were in a room, and only one of them ever left. Don't start setting up different scenarios, just give me your first reaction. On second thought, maybe give me the first scenario your mind assumes, too. After all, we don't know what happened. Do you just assume that the victor acted in self-defense? Do you try justifying their actions? Or do you instantly condemn them as the instigator?
How would you react if I killed Elaine?
How would you react if Elaine killed me?
How would you react if Poe killed Elaine?
How would you react if Elaine killed Poe?
How would you react if Nee-chan killed Elaine?
How would you react if Elaine killed Nee-chan?
Food for thought.