James Gordon Jr.: Why’s he running, Dad?
Lt. James Gordon: Because we have to chase him.
James Gordon Jr.: He didn’t do anything wrong.
Lt. James Gordon: Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.
The Dark Knight
We do what we have to do because sometimes in life the choices we make are black and white. There may be a million shades of grey but there are moments where you have to choose between right and left or up or down.
You can’t move diagonally or position yourself three rungs up or below because it is impossible to do so. Maybe in the movies or a book you can come up with a way to defeat the laws of physics but in real life you can’t do it so you make your choices and move upon the best decision made with the best information you have on hand.
When you have done all you can do you do your best to roll with comes and move because action is required and it is the only way to find out whether you have made a good choice or bad. You can’t find out what lies beyond door number one unless you open the door and walk through it.
The really cool thing about it is that many times you discover that Monty Hall is waiting for you on the other side. He is standing there microphone in hand ready to hand you a big check and a dozen prizes.
If you don’t like the “Let’s Make a Deal” analogy you can always point the remote at the screen and find yourself face-to-face with Bob Barker and “The Price is Right.” You can visualize yourself in the “Showcase Showdown” competing with someone else for the wonderful prizes that you can see just across the hall.
All you need to do is bear down, focus and take a shot and those things can be all yours.
It is not a random shot at winning. It is a combination of hard work, knowledge and a dash of luck.
But the only people who win are those who play and that is precisely why sometimes we do what we have to do because you can’t win unless you play.