Originally Posted by Cerubois
If you're viewing 'balance' (the idea of balance) and 'the order of balance' (the group that deems itself responsible for keeping the idea of balance) as two different things, then your point doesn't work. :/
If he wants to destroy balance, it's easier than easy to do so. Kill everyone. Not just the ninjas. Life. People, animals, plants. That'll wreak havoc on the idea of balance for sure. Shen may be talented, but he has yet to create life to counterbalance an unusual amount of death.
If he wants to destroy the order, well, that's actually edging into my view of it. He doesn't want to disrupt the balance persay. He sees himself as a true ninja, and he just wants to be right. And we all know the Noxian mantra "Might makes right."
If people don't view him as a true ninja, he'll destroy them and say "Ha. Told you so."
If he's not powerful enough, he'll try to become more powerful. Hence, he needs the box in order to destroy the Kinkou, the only ones left that stand in his way.
To put it very simply, Zed is still an angry child that only sees violence as a way to win an argument.
But Zed doesn't "wants" to be evil.
He just wants to perfect the forbidden technique and kill the ninjas of the order of balance.
Right? But you gotta agree, while doing this, He fulfills his role as "evil".
Shen however, he doesn't wants to be "good"
He wants to preserve balance and protects the ninja of his order.
Again, by doing this, he fulfills the role as being "good".
As long as both exist and do things the way they want, they are both being part of the balance.
Shen by actually wanting to balance things
Zed simply as consequence (and without noticing he is part of a role)
He was banished from the order of balance, so he doesn't understands balance very well.
If he truly wanted to destroy balance, the only thing he needed to do was suicide.
This would break the balance, leaving no "evil" part, and possibly leading the evil sealed in the box free,
causing chaos in the world.