Using the weapons of the enemy, no matter how good one’s intentions, makes one the enemy

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I would have to become as ruthless as he

“You seem to know as much as he does,” Janey said. “Why didn’t you start your own Order?”

“I thought about that,” Goninan said. “When I was young. But to acquire the position of power that Madden presently holds, I would have to become as ruthless as he. And then I would be no better than he.”

“But if you could make a difference…?”

Goninan shook his head. “I expect that once I reached such a position of influence, I’d no more care for the world than does Madden himself. It may sound trite, but using the weapons of the enemy, no matter how good one’s intentions, makes one the enemy.”

by Charles de Lint (born 22 December 1951)
from The Little Country (1991)
The Lost Music, Border Spirit
image – Robb North

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One Response to “Using the weapons of the enemy, no matter how good one’s intentions, makes one the enemy”

  1. clarissa mcfairy Says:

    Wise words indeed!

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