Earlier in the year, both Austin and I posted on this Netflix original series. I admit that it has been a long wait for season 2 to be released and we have been anticipating it. It was well worth it. I’ve been able to get a couple episodes of the new season under my belt and I’m loving it thus far. For those who haven’t watched the first 3 or so episodes and don’t want things to be spoiled, than I’d save this article for later.
In my first post, I discussed how power can corrupt us as humans. Well branching off of this idea, some of us would do whatever it takes to gain power or complete a goal that we had in mind. This is called resilience or persistence. However, when is it too far? In the novel, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, the white men colonize Africa and use brute force and power to take what they believed was theirs. They treated the Africans terribly and caused them to suffer in order for them to gain profit. This isn’t unique as colonization has been occurring throughout history dating back to the Romans. But that’s enough about history and literature.
In House of Cards, Frank Underwood is slowly climbing the stairs of power and won’t stop until he reaches the top – becoming the most powerful man in the free world. Frank wants to become president and as of now he is vice president. He’s done some crazy things to get to this position. Frank sabotaged and plotted the murder of congressman Peter Russo at the end of the 1st season which seemed absolutely insane. Furthermore, he continued by killing Zoe Barnes, who was questioning that Peter Russo’s death was a suicide. Murder is one of the most serious crimes in our nation and here we have the vice president killing 2 people in order to keep his reputation or better himself. Through the suffering of others he was able to gain strength.
Obviously, this is crossing the line and is unethical and immoral. However, where is the line. Nowadays, congressmen and politicians are notorious for lying or being deceitful. Many put down their opponents and sabotage the campaigns in order to win. Some politicians are involved in shady business. How do we stop this? Is there even a way?
Man is naturally ambitious. We usually set our eyes on a goal and do whatever it takes to get it (if we want it bad enough). Usually this is good as it leads to hard work, perseverance, and strengthening of other characters. However, often times it could cause us to do things we wouldn’t normally do. How do we combat this?
Let me know what you think in the comments below please! Let’s spark a debate!