||[Nov. 14th, 2004|04:21 pm]
I picked up a copy of Fredrich Nietzsche’s “On the Genealogy of Morals” in a Muggle bookshop today. He was quite an interesting man, this Nietzsche. On the one hand he says a lot of things which I find to be completely and utterly ridiculous. However, every once in a while, he’ll come out with something like this, with which I agree completely: |
“That lambs dislike birds of prey does not seem strange: only it gives no ground for reproaching these birds of prey for bearing off little lambs. And if the lambs say among themselves “these birds of prey are evil; and whoever is least like a bird of prey, but rather like its opposite, a lamb – would he not be good?” there is no reason to find fault with this institution of an idea, except, perhaps, that the birds of prey might view it a little ironically and say “we don’t dislike them at all, these good little lambs; we even love them: nothing is more tasty than a tender lamb"…no wonder if the submerged, darkly glowering emotions of vengefulness and hatred exploit this belief for their own ends and in fact maintain no belief more ardently than the belief that the strong man is free to be weak and the bird of prey to be a lamb – for thus they gain the right to make the bird of prey accountable for being a bird of prey.”
How do I reconcile this with being an Auror, a protector of the people? Simple. Not everyone who kills is a bird of prey. And not every bird of prey kills for the right reasons. I refuse to say “This person is evil because they kill.” I’ve never bought into that, and I never will.
Why are they killing? How are they killing? That’s what you’ve got to figure out. Once you know that, go from there.
My name is Frank Longbottom and I am a killer. And I'm comfortable with that.