It depends on your conception of 'good' I suppose. For the individual, I suppose trying to keep power can be construed as a good thing. In general, the idea of being corrupted is in terms of morality, which is usually based on social values as a whole. Killing someone is usually seen as an immoral act.
An example I would give is that of a dictator. Few people become dictators because they love power and want to oppress people, but rather that they want to create a better society/country. It is only when they realize that people are not going to just follow what they say that they get oppressive and violent. It is the threat to their power that leads them to order arrests or killing political opponents and squashing unrest. Another good line is "the road to hell is paved with good intentions".
So is this good or bad? From the perspective of the dictator as an individual I guess you could say that it is 'good' he behaved that way, but for the rest of society it would be said he has been corrupted by the power. He is no longer following the ideals he initially wanted to implement, instead doing whatever is necessary to maintain the power, even if it means doing the exact opposite of his initial intentions.
Going to have to trim this one down, dat 5k character limit. Your description of a dictator makes it sound like at some point this guy decided he would take a "by any means necessary" approach. It's true, that without having that power, he probably wouldn't have thought to go that route, but I don't think that's because power had a corrupting effect, I think that's just because it wasn't a viable option before. If it was, he would have, because that's the kind of person he is.
Sometimes though, breaking free of your morality is a good thing. I'm normally not one to agree with Mark Twain, but The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn makes a very interesting point about the idea of morality vs. conscience. A forced pattern of behavior from without, vs. a a desire toward certain behavior that comes from within. Power is the necessary element in breaking free from morality and relying on conscience.
Let me ask you something. if you had power, what would you do with it?
04/01/2013 10:48 AMPosted by LovelyMinesPower comes in many shapes and sizes. You would have to be more specific. Are we talking being rich? Being the leader of a democratic country? Being a dictator of a poor country? Being a dictator of a rich country? Being the head of a household? Being big and buff?...being a white male?
Let me rephrase. If no one could stop you, would you follow your own desires independent from moral considerations like duty, virtuous ideals, or the greater good? And if you did, what do you think that would end up looking like?
04/01/2013 01:12 AMPosted by JoshuaThis honestly makes a lot more sense to me than her randomly turning so malevolent after being such a caring person, because a simple increase in strength and ability does not turn people malevolent. At absolute best, it exposes something nasty that was already there to begin with. Tell me, does Kerrigan strike you as the type?
To be honest, yes. She was bred as a cold hearted assassin. She showed that she had some hesitation with large scale mass murder...but she still went along with it. I don't know how a person can be described as caring when they accept a plan that kills billions of people. It is not a stretch to say that once she gained more power, it was not all that hard to go from "ok, I've been involved in mass murder" to "What's a few more deaths to get/keep my power?".
That's because her handlers tried their damnedest to make her not care. She was in what I like to call full-blown Apollo mode. Reason, logic, light, measures, no desire, no drunkenness, no revelry, no feeling of any kind. Dionysus was stuffed into a basement and locked up. A better example would be King Minos locking away the minotaur in the confusing maze. This actually goes back to something that was discussed at Blizzcon once, "Who is Sarah Kerrigan? See, her whole life she's always been someone's tool/weapon, and has never been allowed to feel, except for when she was forced to, which shoved all rationality from her.
There was no evidence that they would have done anything to stop her. It was only after she interfered with them that they struck at her. Sure, they might have, but there's so little evidence that her actions fall into the realm of paranoia. As for Raynor, I don't think she was capable of love, and once she became the QoB, she didn't seemed to look fondly back on what she was.