The ideals are starkly laid out. Two entirely opposed ideas of the good, and the good life, and good actions, in the most general sense of the word “good”.
Season One sets up the two opposing forces: The motive of self-improvement through prosperity vs. the motive of societal control towards some kind of "greater good".
00:43:00 Axel explores weather he is a sociapath with Wendy Rhoades. WENDY: It is a crucial time. Your switchplate is removed, your wires are exposed. Your blue ones go where your red ones are, that’s for sure. a normal person wouldn’t engage in the behavior. A sociopath wouldn’t give a shit. You’re somwhere in between. your practiced at turning off your emotions. DO it enough its a pattern, keep going, they die.