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Batman is a Selfish Sadistic Egomaniac
Raymond Long's blog: 2016-Oct-08
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Batman is the superhero persona of Bruce Wayne, who inherited billions from his parents. Wayne used this money to develop super-technology which he uses to fight crime. He seems to imagine that this is doing good.
But if Wayne wanted to do good, I expect he could have done more good by putting the same money into helping the poor. He could have funded medical treatment, education and subsidised housing for the poor with the money he spent on this tech development.
But doing good that way, Wayne wouldn't have had his fun beating us villains. Wayne gets his jollies inflicting pain on people though phycial violence. Someone who enjoys that is a sadist.
But okay, he chooses to develop crimefighting tech. But then he lets nobody use it except himself and members of his own team (eg. Robin).
Wayne's tech would be more effective against crime if more people were using it. He could have licensed the tech for the Gotham City police to use, or all law enforcement agencies nationwide. But then the "glory" of taking down the criminals wouldn't have been his.
Any claim that Bruce Wayne's use of his tech to fight crime is doing social good is hollow. He's deliberately avoided opportunities to do far more good, so that the victories against criminals can be his personally. This is done to puff up his own ego, because he hungers for the glory of victories, and out of cruelty because he likes hitting people.
Such desires for ego-expanding glory and the cruel pleasure of handing out beatings are selfish desires. Batman is a selfish sadistic egomaniac.
As an aside, I find it ironically amusing that Batman is called the Caped Crusader. The crusaders were mass murderers who slaughtered thousands to steal their land and treasure. And they cooked up an excuse to let themselves believe that they were doing good in the process.
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Reply: 2016-Oct-09
Stephen Richardson
I agree with every word.
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