Cassian's Logic Of Utilitarianism

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The flaw in Cassian’s logic, as well as in the logic of utilitarianism, is that the act of killing becomes morally shaky ground. It is impossible to determine whether or not the Rebel Alliance or the Empire is more justified in their acts of “good” as they both see their rationale for killing as necessary to reach their goals and provide the most good for the most amount of people (McLarney 2018). In the eyes of the Empire, Cassian and the rest of the rebels are traitors and terrorists to the lawful regime, thus killing them weeds out instability and insubordination as punishment for attacking imperial troops. For the Rebellion, the occupation, exploitation, and oppression of people is more morally reprehensible than any act of murder they…show more content…
He has a basic understanding that being involved in the war since he was six years old has made him jaded. He knows that the actions and choices that spies, saboteurs, and assassins have to make are difficult and damaging to one’s psyche, but necessary for the cause. His duty and his desire to peace are in conflict with one another. The way he maintains his sanity under the utilitarian regiment of the Rebel forces is the belief in the good and faith in something bigger than himself. There are instances in the film where the audience sees this without the intervention of Chirrut or Jyn. For instance, when we see K2SO piloting their stolen imperial ship, K2SO runs statistical analysis of their chances of success of flying through the storm and completing their mission. K2SO embodies the utilitarian values in cold hard facts, data, and statistics, which is a mentality Cassian rejects. Cassian doesn’t want to know the odds, and he believe in action (McLarney 2018). He places faith in himself and not in machinery to complete the task which reveals his mentality towards faith in the force, he does on some level, believe in a higher…show more content…
He was guardian of the Kyber Crsytal Temples of Jedha, much like a monk or a priest, he held a sacred spiritual duty to uphold the balance in the force and the ways of the Jedi. Chirrut is not a pacifist however, he is equally invested in the goal of bringing peace to the galaxy and defeating the Empire, just as Cassian is. He is resolute in his faith in the Force and has a unique understanding of the mysteries of Force. His main catchphrase “I am one with the Force, the Force is with me” exemplifies his faith, even as a blind man the Force gives him the spiritual ability to see the souls of others. The audience sees him enact Kierkegaard’s “leap of faith” when he walks bravely through the battle ground on Scarif to turn on the panel that will broadcast the Death Star schematics to the Rebel Fleet (Lindenmuth 33). Even in the face of death he has faith in the
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