Without a doubt, many of us have had our fair share of hurt and disappointment ranging from trivial to grave, and these experiences would have caused us to wish to revenge upon the perpetrators and even seriously consider retaliation.

While it is fair to have justice served, we know that life is not fair and more often than not, these culprits seem to escape the grasp of justice and it causes us so much grief that the thought of revenge once again crosses our minds, and we may even think that revenge is a form of justice and therefore it is warranted by the situation. Think again.

Revenge and justice are two completely different concepts and we get into murky moral waters once we muddle up the distinction. The current evils in the world are compounded by the blurring of the lines between revenge and justice and to the people involved, these two words are used interchangeably in the heat of anger or in cold and calculated manipulation to bring about a means to achieve one’s personal goals.

Let’s not further aggravate the moral cesspool by throwing in our souls in the stew. Revenge in whatever way it is served or dressed up costs us portions of our soul and if you view the price of your soul as more than spite and hate, you will not wager it for a person who is not worth even a drop of your focus, time, and attention, much less your soul.

Unpleasant and negative events have occurred and even if the facts cannot be disputed, it does not mean we have to keep on replaying it in our minds and causing ourselves more mental duress than is needed. We must focus on solutions and moving forward because we should value ourselves and not allow evil people the benefit and pleasure of taking up space in our minds and hearts.

This is not to say that justice should not be served whenever possible. Of course, justice should ideally be served but when it is not the case as it often is, revenge should not be an option because it would further pull you into the world of the unpleasant person instead of setting you free–and at the cost of your soul because each vengeful hateful thought corrupts until we become vestiges of who we once were and have become the monsters whom we were seeking to slay.

If they have given themselves over to the darkness, we should not seek to make sure we become “neighbours” with them wherever they will be headed nor should we bind our lives with theirs in any way, shape, or form. Purge the negativity and do not allow contamination. Yes, you are worth it.

(c) Niconica 2013

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