Avenge: (v) to inflict harm in return for an injury or wrong done to oneself or another.
Human beings are capable of understanding the concept.
A vast majority of us mortals understand that it would be completely inappropriate and foolish, not to mention selfish, to get on an airplane and request that all the people sitting near us move so that we could lie down across the three seats.
The saner members of the children of Adam and Eve are also aware that we take our turn in line at movie theaters or the DMV.
As you can see, there is an awareness that “time and chance happens to us all.”
Yet for some reason we have a tendency to draw a line in the sand when it comes to the action of being offended, attacked or mistreated. Why we think this is not bound to happen, considering the ego of our species and the amount of interaction we are required to have with one another, is beyond me.
Yet perfectly rational people who just left a football game, where they trickled out of the stadium in single file without complaining, will get into their cars and blare their horns at a person who dares to pull into the provided space in front of them.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, we’re already halfway on the journey–why not complete it?
For of a certainty we are aware that if someone walked into a restaurant and pushed to the front of the line, insisting that they needed to be served first, the whole room would hate them.
Yet why don’t we understand that it is a “hateable” instinct–to want to hurt someone else just because they hurt us?
Not only does the philosophy of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” fail to heal our pain, but it doesn’t make us any less blind or grant us better ability to chew.
Somewhere along the line spirited people have to stop avenging–just the same way they learned to stand in line and wait their turn.
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