Recently, ABC premiered a new television show called Revenge. I haven’t seen the show, nor do I care to see it, but I did see quite a few commericials promoting the new show leading up to it’s premier. I don’t remember the exact specifics of the commercials other than the fact that in ever single one of them, you could hear the line “someone has to pay” as multiple times throughout the spot. Some of the commercials included those lines as many as 5 times in a 30 second spot! Nevertheless these disgusting, thoughtless, animalistic, and selfish words got me thinking.
I think one of the biggest problems with our society today is our thirst for revenge. Society’s message is simple: when someone wrongs you, the only sensible response is to lash out against them in some way, shape, or form. This could mean suing them, turning violent, or slandering them. Whatever the case may be, showing mercy or forgiveness isn’t even a consideration. Yet the ironic aspect in all of this is that more often than not, someone has been merciful to us in the past.
Maybe you took something that didn’t belong to you and then got caught. Instead of acting within their rights to inflict punishment on you, they chose to forgive and forget. Maybe you lied to someone or said something about them that really hurt their feelings. Instead of paying you back with the same behavior they chose to rise above it and forgive you. Maybe you did something that even more despicable and hurtful than telling a lie or stealing something, yet someone chose to see past it.
So what is my point? Well, when you line up everything you’ve ever done to someone that was wrong and evaluate the responses people had to them, you never really are justified in taking revenge. As a matter of fact, you might even owe it to others to be forgiving and choose to let things go. Perhaps there is something you’re stewing over right now; something that really hurt or upset you. Are you going to choose to be forgiving or are you going to take revenge for this “injustice?” The choice is yours, but I’d like to end with one quote from Mahatma Gandhi. “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”