Oh, there he goes off to his room to write that hit song "Alone in my principles."
Question #90399 posted on 09/25/2017 7:26 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it wrong if I say "No"?

-Low Level Criminal

A:

Dear friend,

Before every test, one of my high school teachers would remind us that the choice to cheat or not is in our hands but just to remember that if we did something that went against our moral code, then "may we burn in guilt forever." Note how she didn't say hell or Outer Darkness or whatever. She said guilt. Which is probably worse, if you ask me.

So you know, do whatever lets you sleep at night. Just remember the emotional consequences will come to you. Maybe not now, but someday they'll catch up. They always do.

-Van Goff

A:

Dear you,

Probably. You can still want what you want. But that doesn't mean you will (or should) get it. From a boring/serious/ethics standpoint, it matters for people to not steal things that other people have worked hard to make (like a movie). From the pop culture standpoint, reiterating or rephrasing Ento: there's no way your screen is as big as an IMAX, and how on earth will your nachos be as tasty if they don't cost $8?

So there's that.

~Anne, Certainly

A:

Dear Valjean,

THINK OF THE CHILDREN.

Like, I don't know which children, but just, you know, children. Just picture a bunch of youngsters and I think that'll suffice.

-Frère Rubik pays for movies/other entertainment because he wants the people who make the movies to keep making the movies. Arguably the profits from his individual ticket won't make much difference either way, but he will feel validated that he supported his favorite creators/creations.

But he also freeloads on other people's Netflix and Hulu accounts at the same time.

Could it be that humans have complex motivations that can't always be boiled down into simple, black-and-white terms?

Probably not, actually. He's probably just a bad person.