Kale: Oh, what’s the point — You must think I’m a monster for not quitting right then —
Thorn: . . . No, I don’t.
Magically altering someone’s mental state — that’s not inherently evil. Not with consent. It’s basically what I got a therapy cat for. People try to do the same in non-magical ways, too. With pills, with meditation, with strong tea . . .
And there are special limited circumstances where, even without consent, I could accept it. That’s how mages cure the Whispers. It’s . . . Maybe that’s the only example.
The point is, using your powers does not inherently make you a monster.
. . . but it sounds like we’re about to get to the actions that might.