>>107787470>if you honestly believe a bunch of squids turning people insane is going to be better for the world than Manhattan you'd have to be stupid.
You're not wrong. But Ozymandias' plan was long term. He wanted humanity united as one, with all the gears moving in the same direction. His view of humanity was a machine capable of great things with all its gears moving in different directions, often opposite of each other.
He viewed the sacrifice as removing a few small components that would be, in his opinion, much easier to replace than the damage done to the core mechanism.
Again, you're illustrating a good point that his plan that for all its machinations, had all the subtlety of a brick to the face. To use another poor analogy, he was amputating a hand for an infected cut on a fingertip. Ozzy thought that if humanity united as one they'd see once and for all the true greatness it could accomplish and move together, as one, from that day forward, into perpetuity.
Knocking holes in that logic is simple when you start asking questions that are never posed to him. Important questions like, "What happens when humanity starts fighting itself again?"
Do you just keep smiting humanity collectively, across the world every time they start to bicker? Eventually that bickering is going to grow into fighting. Fighting into warring. Otherwise the solution is to perpetually throw humanity a catastrophe every time there's a disagreement, since inevitably it will always lead to more disagreement.
And to the story's credit, the ending depicts things as improved "for now." But even as a long term solution, you're meant to question how long it can last.