But first, the rules:
- Post your 3 favorite quotes, one each for three consecutive days (or, y’know, for three weeks).
- With each post nominate three bloggers for the challenge (but I don’t want to be a bother…).
- Recognize the blogger who nominated you. (Thanks, Mariella!)
Here is why I am a traitor: my quote for today is from a book I didn’t finish.
|via Game of Thrones Wiki|
“Yet our way is the older way. The blood of the First Men still flows in the veins of the Starks, and we hold to the belief that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.”
–Ned Stark, George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones, page 14
Okay, okay, so I got bored reading Game of Thrones. Meh. There are a lot of good books I snub, and Game of Thrones is good—the character development is indeed enticing, emotional value, blah blah blah. But it had none of the tropes I adore and all the strengths I am tired of. And that is fine—I do not have to like a book for it to stop being good.
That being said, I love this quote. I hate that you have to pick your “three favorite quotes” because it isn’t like I keep a running score, but at the very least this is one of my favorite sentiments. I mean, it totally plays into the plot later at a point I won’t spoil for you but has a lot to do with how Joffrey is a mommy’s-boy-toilet-licker… but it also has a lot to do with life.
Like, morality. Consequence. Gravity.
If you think that the means justify the ends but you aren’t willing to carry out those means personally then you have no business making such suggestions. Either you hold to your beliefs in word and deed or you don’t get to have the words or the deeds at all.
I am by no means perfect, and there have been times—in matters of execution, of condemnation, of justice—when I have thought that what is necessary is not moral, and yet I’m willing to argue for the necessary for the moral. But if I were standing there, could I myself commit to that necessary thing when I would feel guilty doing it?
I have such a strong appreciation for this quote, and yet I’m somehow at a loss as to how to elaborate. Especially to those who disagree with me, I might sound extreme or deluded or crazy but even as I reread the quote I just know that this is how things ought to be. It’s something between the commitment to justice and the strength of something human—that there is justice and there is righteousness and there are things that make the world turn, make sense even though the blood is flowing and no one wants to hear the reason why.
Argh. I don’t have the words. But I have this amazing quote. So may the force be with you and God and donuts and anything else you believe in.
If you want to do this or if you like being tagged for things and want me to tag you, then let me know. I can’t think of anyone who I haven’t tagged recently and I don’t like tagging people because then I feel like I am an intruder. Ah, well. Have a good Friday, folks.