Originally Posted by Syd
Ben definitely sees himself as a "good guy", greater good and all that, but Widmore I think is just purely selfish, wanting the island for himself, perhaps for power and money gains and all that. I assumed he just wanted the island for power purposes, but the conversation they had lead me to think different.
And I love how he told Ben not to "look at me with those creepy eyes of yours."
Whereas I think an argument can be made on Widmore's behalf, provided that Widmore was the financing force behind Dharma. We don't know if that's the case yet, but if it is:
Dharma, if you believe their videos and the various online information about them from websites and such (and who is to say that they didn't believe their own hype?) believed it was going to make the world a better place.
They were supposedly developing life extension techniques among other things, and one can argue that Dharma, and by extension Widmore, are exploiting the Island for the benefit of mankind. It's not a dissimilar argument to the ones that loggers and oil companies make: "Sure, its great to say "Earth first," but something has to keep the houses warm in the winter, and the tree-hugger types aren't coming up with anything."
From that perspective, Widmore would be the good guy. He'd be Louis Pasteur, attempting to harvest the Island's secrets for his own financial gain, sure, yay capitalism...but also for the health and well-being of the world at large.
And from Widmore's POV, what is Ben doing with the Island, really? He's keeping its bounty from the world. He's standing in the way of progress.
Devil's advocate, anyway.