Honestly this constant minimization of Finn’s pain and struggles by saying “he’s strong” “he’s pure” is almost as one-sided and flattening as “he’s a coward” or “he’s a liar.” I’ve even seen someone say he’s going to bounce back from the wound Kylo Ren inflicted on him because he’s a pure cinnamon roll wtf?!
On that note, can the conflation of strength with goodness and weakness with evil die forever please. It’s ableist and hurtful, and doesn’t even fit in this particular case. Kylo Ren didn’t commit murder because he buckled to some unbearable power, he FOUGHT his own conscience and overcame his love for his father to do what he did. That takes incredible willpower. And look at Finn in the moments leading up to and following his refusal to fire on prisoners–the poor guy was terrified, and arguably could not bring himself to fire after being so traumatized by Slip’s death. (Look up perpetration-induced traumatic stress, Kylo Ren probably has it.) Strength can help you do terrible things and weakness can hold you back from the edge.
Good points about “strength” vs. “weakness.”