“I always thought I was the Samaritan in that story. It’s funny isn’t it, how even the best of men can be deceived by their true nature. [What the hell does that mean?] It means that I’m not the Samaritan, that I’m not the priest, or the Levite, that I am the ill intent who set upon the traveller on a road that he should not have been on.”
– Wilson Fisk aka King Pin
Here is where Wilson Fisk realises he’s evil, when he was killing folk and blowing up buildings he genuinely thought it was for the greater good. But here, when everything has come crashing down around him, he realises that he has been deceiving himself all along, he thought he was good, he thought he would save Hell’s Kitchen from the ill intent and that was his mistake. That’s all our mistake. We think we’re good, we think we’re the Samaritan, and sometimes we are but sometimes we’re also the guy that beat the Samaritan in the first place. We quote Gandhi & MLK as the upper echelon of goodness even though one was severely racist and the other an adulterer.
The quicker we understand that nobody is good, that the flaws we have aren’t just the romanticised “trust issues” we see in films & tv, but can be inherently dangerous to others and ourselves, the better.
If you haven’t seen Daredevil yet, go and watch it! Even if you’re not into comic books & especially if you are. It lives up to the hype.