anonymous asked:

But Imagine later in the season Bellamy is talking to Clarke about how much he hates himself for the things he did last season and Clarke just looks at him and says 'Who we are and who we need to be to survive are different things'

I don’t like how people romanticize that saying. It is “the ends justify the means” and it’s not true.

What you do is who you are. If you do evil in the name of keeping everyone alive, that still means you do evil. 

He said it because they had just tortured Lincoln. He was saying they weren’t torturers. But they were. Separating yourself from the evil you do is how you make it easier to do more evil. 

“Oh it’s not me, I’m not that person who causes harm. It was for my people.”

You ARE responsible for what you do when you let your monster out.

You DO have a choice in not crossing that line.

Your ends DO NOT justify the evil that you do. 

This quote is coming from Bellamy, who shot Jaha to come to Earth. Who threw away the radio so they wouldn’t come after him. This is the Bellamy before he learned that doing the right thing is more important than doing it for your people. 

So many of the lessons that Clarke gets about leadership are the wrong lessons, and this is one. 

You don’t excuse your wrong actions by blaming them on someone else, or that everyone does it, or deflect it, or refuse to even consider them wrong.

You say THIS is what I did. It was wrong. I am sorry. I won’t do it again. I will change and try to make up for what I did and be a better person. 

You don’t pretend that wasn’t you. 

anonymous asked:

yess i get what ur saying, but her being pragmatic and her looking at the bigger picture is imp. she's good when it comes to making the smart choices. but sometimes she forgets the morality and humanity of it all. Just remember R forced her to make that list, she didnt want to. so its not like she decided to make it on her own because she thinks she has the right to decide who lives and dies. yes she's partially responsible for making it but its not fair to say she feels like she has the right.

She does feel like she has the right. She’s been making those decisions for a long time. And maybe in season 2 it focused on getting her people out of MW, but in season 3 she made decisions for her entire people because L told her it was her right to do so, even though she hadn’t been anywhere near them in three months.

I love Clarke, but she absolutely became the white savior princess in season 3 and she was absolutely making decisions, all on her own about what was justice, what was important, what was right, who should live and who should pay. 

She went down the WRONG path in season 3 just like Bellamy did. I think people got confused by one side using words like “peace” all the time, when really it was submitting to oppression so you wouldn’t be killed. That’s not peace. It’s peace for the one who is doing the oppressing. Oppression isn’t peace for the oppressed.

Clarke feels like she has the right to make decisions. She may not like having to make them, but yes. She’s making them for everyone. Monty said she was playing god. Jasper said she needed to give people a choice. She tried to stick the flame into Luna’s head. She’s the one who decided Nia’s death was enough to make up for what happened to Farm Station and MW. Without ever consulting with any of the people involved. Clarke was not involved. She took the right to decide for them. 

She told ALIE that people deserved to choose for themselves, but it’s a lot harder to that than it is to say that. She hasn’t figured it out yet. I’m sure she’ll get there, but she’s not there yet. 

I feel like the Clarke in season one and two, she had a handle on what was right and what was wrong. But Clarke in season 3 and 4, she’s so far being “pragmatic,” and taking the decisions out of people’s hands. I think it’s better in season 4, she’s trying, but she doesn’t trust “the people” to do the right thing. It’s funny, because she knows even less about what the right thing to do is now than she did in the beginning.

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anonymous asked:

I think that at least Bellamy is moving from 'Who we are and who we need to be to survive are different things' and I love it. "We save who we can save today, that's a better philosophy. I feel Clarke still in that “the ends justify the means, she's trying her best and she cares so much but she still uses it's for my people, like Monty told her. I hope this season she grows, both as a person and as leader.

I agree. Bellamy has learned it isn’t good. He’s now discovered that he wants to do the right thing, not just put his team on top. 

Clarke however has fallen from her conviction that doing the right thing is the most necessary. And has landed in the “pragmatic” necessity to sacrifice people for her goals, because she’s doing it for her people. Just like Jaha, Dante, and Lxa. 

Their paths as leaders have crossed and come back around. If you follow the story JUST looking at Bellamy and Clarke’s individual development as leaders you can see their character arcs with a different path. Bellamy’s starting low and climbing high, to take a steep fall and then zooming back up. Like a rollercoaster. But Clarke’s starts high and then takes these ever lower dips, bit by bit, until she’s back at the place she was running from, the unjust sacrifices of the Ark, and she needs to take her steps up again. Maybe her journey is more like a ferris wheel. I don’t know. I can almost see the paths they are taking. It’s interesting. It’s an amusement park.

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Có một người đàn ông nghèo, ngày không ăn đủ ba bữa, quần áo chỉ mặc đi mặc lại duy nhất một bộ. Anh ta thường ngẩng lên nhìn trời và than cho số phận đau khổ của mình. Hàng ngày anh ta làm việc cực nhọc cũng chẳng đủ sống. Có một lần, ông thương tâm mà kêu khóc: “Hỏi Ông Trời có công bằng hay không? Tại sao có người giàu sang sung sướng như vậy, còn người nghèo chúng tôi mỗi ngày đều chịu khổ chịu mệt?”

Thượng Đế vừa cười vừa hỏi ông ta: “Thế ông thế nào thì sẽ thấy ta công bằng?”

Người đàn ông nghèo đáp: “Con muốn một người giàu có trở nên nghèo giống con, có cuộc sống như con. Nếu như người giàu ấy có thể phú quý trở lại thì con sẽ không oán thán gì nữa.

Thượng Đế gật đầu, nói: “Được!”.

Thế rồi Thượng Đế cho một người giàu sang biến thành một kể bần hàn giống như người đàn ông kia. Thượng Đế còn cho mỗi người 1 ngôi nhà và 1 quả núi, mỗi ngày họ đều đào than lộ thiên ở trên núi đem xuống núi bán, lấy tiền mua lương thực. Sau 1 tháng, than lộ thiên đều đã bị họ đào hết.

Người giàu và người nghèo cùng bắt đầu đào núi để lấy than, người nghèo vốn thường quen với cuộc sống khổ cực, việc đào than đối với anh ta chẳng có khó nhọc gì, rất nhanh anh ta đã tích được đủ 1 xe than chở xuống núi bán lấy tiền, và dùng toàn bộ số tiền để mua đồ ăn ngon mang về cho mẹ già, con thơ ở nhà.

Người giàu vốn chưa bao giờ làm việc nặng nhọc, đào 1 lúc lại nghỉ 1 hồi, mồ hôi đầm đìa khắp thân mà vẫn chưa đào được là bao. Tới chập tối anh ta mới chất được đủ 1 xe than để mang xuống núi, bán được tiền rồi, anh ta chỉ mua vài cái màn thầu, còn số tiền dư anh ta cất để dành.

Ngày thứ 2, người nghèo đã dậy từ sớm để đi đào than, còn người giàu lại đi xuống núi, thuê 2 người nghèo khác. Hai người này chẳng nói chẳng rằng đã bắt tay vào đào than, trông tướng tá thì khoẻ mạnh và to cao hơn người nghèo kia rất nhiều. Người giàu đứng một bên chỉ đạo, chẳng mấy chốc họ đã đào được vài xe than đầy. Người giàu mang xe than xuống núi bán, được bao nhiêu lại lấy tiền đó thuê thêm lao động. Sau một ngày đó, người giàu trả tiền cho công nhân của mình xong, còn để ra được một khoản tiền gấp mấy lần người nghèo kia.

Một tháng lại qua rất mau, người nghèo chỉ đào được một góc nhỏ mỏ than ở trên núi. Mỗi ngày tiền kiếm được anh ta đều mua đồ ăn ngon cho mình và gia đình, cũng chẳng để lại được là bao. Còn người giàu vốn từ đầu đã thuê được cả 1 nhóm người, đào hết cả than trên núi, kiếm được không ít tiền, anh ta dùng số tiền này đầu tư buôn đi bán lại, rất nhanh đã trở thành phú ông.

Kết quả chẳng cần nói cũng có thể đoán ra, người nghèo thì chẳng dám oán trách Ông Trời nữa.

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Học cách “đi mượn” là dùng nền tảng vốn có của bạn, mượn thêm công sức của người khác, mượn khả năng của người khác, mượn sức lực của cả một hệ thống!

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anonymous asked:

i dont think C is a bad leader, but she's not good with talking to a group of people. thats always been B's thing. He knows how to get people to follow him, to inspire them. thats always been the case. C is good with decision making.

I think she was a good leader until she started listening to L. She really took to heart a lot of the tyrannical beliefs of the heda. Which is a replay of Jaha. Autocrats deciding for the people, deciding who lives and dies. Which might be why L’s leadership felt like something real and good to her, because it was similar to what she had grown up under on the Ark, and I don’t care how much you realize it was wrong, people have a tendency to go back to what they are comfortable with when they are weakened and confused, as Clarke was.

The farther she got from remembering that people weren’t expendable and they have a right to choose their own lives, the farther down this path of white savior princess playing god she’s gotten.

She’s supposed to be our hero! She’s supposed to have the right answers. She’s supposed to be the visionary! She’s supposed to bring together all the warring tribes under one banner….

oh wait, who am I talking about again? L or Clarke?

A lot of people think L was a genius leader (who thought it was great tactics to let all her coalition leaders and TonDC be bombed,) visionary (who didn’t foresee how colluding with MW would affect her leadership,) the one fighting for peace (by killing whole villages,) beloved by the people (who kept trying to kill her.) A lot of people thought she was a good leader, but her leadership choices led to her political downfall and the destruction of EVERYTHING she believed in. So, no. That’s like the definition of a bad leader. 

Clarke learned the wrong things from L. But she hasn’t learned they were the wrong things yet. I’m betting she will, as her people are, right now, disabusing her of the notion that she is allowed to play god, where L told her it was her birthright. 

Clarke is struggling, as a leader, to deal with impossible choices. And she’s making some decisions that are questionable, and very much in line with the things she already learned were not good.

It’s horrible when your idealism has to come up against the pragmatism of reality. But then again, does humanity really DESERVE to survive? A lot of people are asking, and have been asking. Why are we fighting to survive anyway, if we’re just going to replicate the injustice and hate that got us to where we are in the first place?

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anonymous asked:

about season 3, ur right, i agree 100%. i was soooo frustrated with her character because she wasnt acting like the C i knew and loved. i am talking that particular point though, the whole list thing, and C in s4.

And I am talking about her whole character arc and her leadership journey and they are making explicit parallels to Jaha at the beginning of season 1 who sent 100 expendables down to earth and Clarke making a list of 100 non expendables who get saved. She’s saying she’s being pragmatic. She’s saying Jaha was keeping them together. She’s saying she had no choice when it was the only choice she gave herself. They’re saying she’s playing god. They’re saying she has to give people a say. They’re saying that when Jaha starts sounding like sense you need to reassess your leadership.

These are not things that I’m interpreting. These are things directly from canon. 

I’m not saying she’s repeating past mistakes and choosing the wrong leadership style, the narrative is pointing fingers at it and telling us this.

We like Clarke so we want her to be right. But she’s not. She’s regressing to the old style of leadership which is what got us here in the first place. The list is part of it. Raven made her do it. Bellamy helped her. Sure. She is also taking responsibility for it, and blame for it and she is saying this is her. And it’s not the first time. She lied about the Arkadia’s ability to save people. That was ALL her. She made the decision. 

You look at each single choice and you can understand where they come from and empathize with her. But you put them all together and you see a dangerous chance that she’s going down the same path as before.