I’m watching one of my favorite movies, and I ran across one of my favorite movie monologues:
“Criminals aren’t complicated. We just have to figure out what he’s after.”
“With respect, Master Wayne, perhaps this is a man *you* don’t fully understand, either. A long time ago, I was in Burma. My friends and I were working for the local government — they were trying to buy the loyalty of tribal leaders by bribing them with precious stones. But their caravans were being raided in the forest by a bandit. So we went looking for the stones. But in six months we never met anyone who ever traded with him.
“One day, I saw a child playing with a ruby the size of a tangerine. The bandit had been throwing them away.”
“So why steal them?”
“Because he thought it was good sport, because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”
When you run across people like Pastor Numbnuts who wants to imprison gay people for being gay, or Rush Pillhead who is a walking, breathing advertisement for misogynistic hatred, or anyone who uses the Qu’ran or the Bible to forward messages of hate as if they were immutable truths, think about how likely it might be that those people just want to watch the world burn.