Not to them, you understand: What do you say to yourself?
This is a glorious system of which I am one single part, and the reason that it remains glorious is that I play my role regardless of how I feel about it. I am giving up, I am sacrificing that part of myself, in order to make a greater whole. I am absolutely essential to this process; this process is so large in comparison to me that I mean nothing. Both at the same time. Even when it is imperfect, even when things fall through the cracks, even though corruption seems inevitable, it is still the most human and the most beautiful system ever devised. That's the sacrifice to which I agreed, and those are the reasons.
And when you are a soldier, you are doing the exact same thing: Sacrificing the part of yourself that is not a murderer, in order to make the world safe. Taking other people's sins onto your own back. You will never forget the things you do; you will never get back that part of your innocence, and you will never be understood by people who have not been called to that service and that sacrifice. You are shouldering a heavier burden than anyone should be asked to carry, and you are doing it willingly.
That is what the military is; that is what service means.
Put those things together, now, and ask me again why I'm not helping you. We are here willingly, the Captain and I. We follow these rules willingly. The punishment for breaking them is much harsher than it is for us, just as it is for you as an officer of the court. The reason I'm not helping you is I cannot help you.
It goes without saying that I don't need more reasons than that. But on reflection I think you'll see that you don't either.
Cary: "Get this. Hayden's freaking out because he's reading the Steve Jobs biography."
Diane: "Wait, what?"
Cary: "He's reading the Steve Jobs bio. That's why he says everything sucks or is quote crap. Same thing happened at the State's Attorney's office. Some managers think if it worked for Jobs, it'll work for them."
Diane: "That is awful. What do we do? What did you do?"
Cary: "It wears off. But I'll see if I can't talk him down."
Diane: "Hey, just offhand, here's two criminal cases I want you to look at. They might plead out, but I'm not sure."