“Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

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.

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3 comments on ““Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

  1. Mark says:

    Fully agree. I like the linking of money to logic in this quote. Quite right. Money is reality, it is the tangible result of the process of thinking. I think i would add to your list of those who love just to see the world burn some others like for example OWS…just saying.

    • givesgoodemail says:

      Quite the contrary, Mark. OWS is the logical response to the greedy theft committed by major corporations who show disdain for “the common folk”.
      Think of OWS as the nice cousin of the French “rabble” who brought down the monarchy in the late 18th century. Also think upon the notion that the Occupy movement won’t stay nice forever….

  2. Tafacory says:

    Great post. Great movie.

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