[reading from journal] Rorschach’s Journal. November 12th, 1985: Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll whisper “no.” —Rorschach, Watchmen
Ryan has a great post up about his thoughts after seeing Watchmen, a movie I really enjoyed: Politics Among Watchmen
He left this in the comments in response to a commentor:
“One thing I would say is that although Rorscharch only saw the evil in people, I think that he was the only won that I could truly relate to. I completely understood what he meant about how who he had been died the night he found the little girl. I also admired his sticking to principles. He knew he was going to die, he just didn’t care because, to him, it was worse to remain silent. Then ends did not justify the means used to achieve peace.”
I related to him too. All my years as a cop, the people I associated with the most were criminals. Fucks up your perception on society.
Here is my contribution to his comments section:
I related most to him as well. And just like he stated that he died the night he saw that little girl, my former self died on 9/11/2001. Prior to that day I didn’t care one whit about politics, cared not one whit about the military, cared not one whit about pretty much anything except my own little bubble of my own little world of work, sports and dating. After 9/11/2001, it was like a huge smack upside the head to open my eyes that there was a lot of sh*t going on outside my little bubble of what I considered life and reality.
From that day forward, I dedicated myself to get informed on politics, on history, on the military, on military history, on war, on war history, etc. I’ve never been the same since. Ignorance truly was bliss and being informed now has made me nothing but bitter, angry, pissed off and extremely cynical. And did I mention angry and pissed off? Prior to that, I definitely thought that people were genuinely good and that every person was just one good person coming into their life away from seeing the beauty in life and enjoying life. No longer.
So I definitely saw myself in Rorshach.
And I especially liked the end of the movie where they let the viewer know what the future held. They said “this will never end” or something along those lines. And let the bad guy (his name escapes me at the moment) know that he just killed millions of people for nothing, for the peace was only temporary until people started going back to being a**holes and killing each other again. Rorshach knew that and that’s what pissed him off the most. He only wanted to make the evil people pay, not kill millions of innocents for nothing. And he couldn’t bear to keep silent about that and would rather die than be a hypocrite and betray his own principles.
But I agree, f*ck Dr Manhattan for killing him.
I read a review that compared and contrasted this with the message in The Dark Knight, which is that people are generally good (as evidenced by the ferry scene towards the end). In my opinion (and that of the reviewer) the message in Watchmen was that people were generally bad and you can’t deny and wish away man’s nature of being bad.
Excellent, excellent, thought-provoking movie which I want to see again and am really looking forward to getting on DVD and hoping for lots of extras discussing these things.