Burn it down to build it up Erik Beene

The forest

The forest full of life. Diverse, unique, beautiful life, but some of the forest is rotting. Parts of it are even dangerous.

Fire clears the forest of all of it. Life and decay, beauty and blight. The great equalizer.

And from the fire, new life is born. Uncorrupted and pure. A chance to start anew.

The story of the forest represents on of the main driving ideologies behind Adrian Veidt. Veidt believes the only way humanity can achieve a lasting piece is to suffer a metaphorical fire. A fire to clear out the undergrowth and blight and offer the chance of new life. Veidt choses his fire in the form of a teleported monster capable of wiping out millions of New Yorkers.

However, New York is not a forest. The undergrowth and blight are people. People with their own lives, hopes, and dreams.

Veidt's fire is successful in the end. Through the deaths of millions a lasting world peace is established. New life is born.

But was killing millions really necessary? Wasn't there any other way to achieve peace?

While Veidt's methods were ultimately successful, I believe that they were ethically wrong. War seemed eminent and almost a foregone conclusion. However, if there is one thing we can predict, it's the world is unpredictable. That is why I think Veidt was ultimately wrong. While the philosophy is true, the costs are often high. In this case far too high.

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