What does fighting crime mean, exactly? Does it mean upholding the law when a woman shoplifts to feed her children, or does it mean struggling to uncover the ones who, quite legally, have brought about her poverty? […] I guess I've just reached a point where I've started to wonder whether all the grandstanding and fighting individual evils does much good for the world as a whole. Those evils are just symptoms of an overall sickness of the human spirit, and I don't believe you can cure a disease by suppressing its symptoms.
— Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias), in Watchmen
I find myself paralysed on any sort of good these days. Every act has consequences; everything is part of a system. Even doing someone a favour or simply trying to care for someone can backfire horribly in the right circumstances. I can't accept, however, that inaction is the correct response.