I finished an interesting book today about some characters and a discussion ensued. I won't name the book but the scenario has been seen before.
There is a character, supposed evil villain, let's say his name is Bobo. We don't know his past. The group of protagonists have an argument. One called Bobo evil and says it's the inside that counts. Another person said it's not our words or thoughts in the end but our actions that determine our character.
Not sure how to word this so question is:
- Is a person evil who is evil on the inside but makes the right choices?
- Is a person who is "good" on the inside but doesn't make right choices, makes no choice, or makes mistakes evil?
If you watch Dr Who you will know somewhat what I'm talking about but I've seen same question in other stories, Naruto, for example etc.
My real question is based in politics. Let's say the process, as it is, of becoming a politician or it could be any position, results in someone being corrupted or turning evil, but a strange thing happens in one person where in the end that person makes the right choices, how do you describe that person's character?
I'm not talking about anything recent, but something recent reminded me of this question that I've had for a while I'm sure everyone has had this question. If I become "this" [insert position] will it corrupt me? If I do [insert thing] will it change me? Etc
Note: I say "evil" but maybe it's corruption.