The problem with Dexter is that he doesn't just kill bad people. He makes mistakes. He loses his temper and gets reckless. People get in his way. His own ego gets in his way. He makes justifications and impulsive decisions that hurt people or complicate his life, and then he does panicked damage control. His philosophy is that he only kills bad people, but that is not what actually happens. How skewed does his good people to bad people ratio need to be before he's judged to be just as bad as the people he hunts?
He tries to do the vigilante thing properly and tries to minimize collateral damage, but it's still there, no matter his efforts.
So I guess my answer would be that I'm not actually sure what I would do if one of my friends turned out to be Dexter, or like Dexter. It's undeniably true that he's rid the world of a lot of genuinely bad people, but it's the vast gray area that gives me pause. Is it worth it? I don't know.
Never wrestle with a pig. You will get dirty and the pig will enjoy it.
If you found out with one hundred percent certainty that someone you considered a friend had the same proclivities and hobbies as Dexter Morgan, what would you do?
Would you call the police? Would you pretend you didn’t know? Would you perhaps join him?
What would you do?
Based on the show...
His character is very likable to me. He cares deeply about the people close to him; he helps people who discover who he is without killing them (when that would be easier); and his desire to kill is channeled into killing people that society is better off without. He's also very ethically minded in who he kills and why and how it affects people he cares about. He could trust someone like me to not use knowledge of his killings against him and I would like having someone else around who also feels like they have to hide themselves from most people. A part of me is even intrigued by it when he kills people who are clear psychopaths; there's something desirable about wanting to fight off and kill people like that. It's more than just adrenaline; it's also about doing what seems right.
Yeah, Dexter is pretty cool. He's not really a psychopath though...if he was like some of the people he murders I probably wouldn't like him at all. He seems more like an ST adrenaline junkie who gets some kind of primal release in hand-to-hand combat and murder who was traumatized into thinking he's a psychopath. He'd probably make a good special operations soldier, assassin, mercenary, or something.
I would have no problem being a friend of his, knowing full well what he does.
Personally, I do my chores a bit differently but along the same lines.
Me and other nationalists in my city are starting up a neighborhood watch to stop the never-ending stream of crime against our people.
Rapes, robberies, the occasional murder, lots of gang beatings of people just because they're white and alone in the wrong neighborhood etc.
If this happened to any other group, there would be hell to pay and media outrage.
As it is, we have to take care of it by stepping up and doing it ourselves.
I just can't stand the feeling of seeing headline after headline or hearing about strangers raping my country in every way, shape and form.
Talking about it gets me called a racist, daily. I get threats and it is really not a pleasure. Society here is strongly polarized.
What gives me hope is that the young male population is starting to wake up quickly now.
My party has thousands of activists, and more will vote for us.
What I do get out of it all is knowing that I am doing right by my people.
Knowing that I have acted, I can sleep easy and with clear conscience.
My obligation is towards my family and my people. Nobody else.
I am not like Dexter, but there are probably similarities in there somewhere.
We both are doers, but I act out of love for my people. He from a code.
Mightier than the tread of marching armies is the power of an idea whose time has come