… a tooth for a tooth.
End result? A bunch of bare gummed blind people.
Ever hear the expression, “What goes around comes around?” You probably have, but may not have acted on it yet. Or, perhaps you did act on it, but in the wrong way. There was a Guy a long time ago Whom I call JC. He advocated the “turn the other cheek” philosophy.
In this regard, I speak from experience. Just because the world has chosen at some time, or times, in the past to kick your ass up on your shoulders does not necessarily entitle you to do the same thing in reverse. That practice is remarkably similar to the phrase G.I.G.O. used with computers. Garbage In; Garbage Out.
As the title suggests, if we take an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, pretty soon all we’ll have left is a crowd of blind people gumming their food.
As hard as it may seem to believe, every a-hole who ever stomped your butt into the ground, be it figuratively or literally, has a few friends and backers. Those people will, under that philosophy, eventually come after you in retribution. After they do, when you’ve been left more damaged than before, your people will go after them. More blindness, even more gumming of food. And so it goes.
Or you can correct things. You can be the cheek turner. Never thought I’d say anything like this, since I’ve had my cheeks assaulted so many times I can’t even count ‘em, but it’s an offshoot of “the buck stops here”. You can begin turning the trend by befriending those who do you wrong. You can initiate the new behavior in those people by being kind to them when they, and everyone else, expect you to retaliate. Instead, show them your kinder, gentler side. After the initial impetus, those a-holes will begin to pick up the habit based on what you did or didn’t do.
If it sounds like too much at one time to attempt kindness with someone you quite naturally wish to see suffering or dead, there’s a training course available. A group of subjects stands waiting to be used as study material. We’re called homeless people. If you want to learn how to be nice to someone you don’t see in a pleasant light, try us. You’ll be given as many study sessions as you need to learn how to do it. Even afterward, when you feel you’ve got it down pat and are out there correcting the ills of humanity, you’ll be allowed to come back for as many remedial sessions as you need, no extra charge.
I’ll always be a homeless guy as long as there are legal Americans without a roof, a bed and food to eat.
I’m just sayin’.
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