I’ve never purposefully sabotaged anyone like Mary does in this
webcomic, but I have often fantasized about doing it. I really love
clever con artist movies like The Spanish Prisoner
Matchstick Men, or Nine Queens. As a result, I dream of playing someone
down the wrong path and watching them slowly realize they are fucked.
However, that is not something people that are not monsters or
sociopaths do. So, sadly (or fortunately?) I only get to imagine it.
Batman’s Logical Paradox
Instead of fulfilling my dreams of gaslighting and sabotage, if I
find myself in a situation in which someone is heading for the fall, I
hold myself to Batman’s logical paradox from Batman Begins. You
remember, right? Thrilling climax to the movie? Batman and Liam Neesons
are fighting on an elevated train? The supports for the train are blown
out and the Dark Knight gets the upper hand. Neeson tells him to go
ahead and kill him. However, Batman can’t kill a genocidal maniac,
right? That would WRONG! So, he says in a gravelly voice that sounds
like he just took a bong hit, “I won’t kill you, but I don’t have to
save you.” He flies off and watches Neesons die in train crash.
The problem is that Neesons is going to die because Batman put
him in that situation with no chance of survival. In my case, when I
see someone doing something that I know will probably blow up in their
face I don’t say anything. Earlier, this person may have blustered about
how awesome they are or offended me in some way. So, it is not pure
malevolence that causes me to watch the train crash! Impure malevolence?
Regardless, if I can see it happening, am I not guilty?
Unlike Mary and Kiara, I usually just feel bad and help the person
fix whatever they did. No celebrating. No high-fives. That’s me. Always a
Joe Flaco, never a Mary Shapiro.