This two week time span encompassing Passover/Maundy Thursday, etc. thru Easter, has been saved for the final two of these 16 blog themes: Vengeance and Tranquility. Both Maundy Thursday and Passover of this week contain rather brutal historical edicts of vengeance, neither of which seemed to succeed in their complete purposes. I have yet to see any example of vengeance as a productive means to an end, though I won’t deny entertaining those thoughts once or twice in my life. Acting on those thoughts however is not a consideration. Vengeance is a tool of destruction and intentional destruction perpetrated towards another only pulls us all down to that level. If we accept today’s physics as wisdom – energy cannot be destroyed…it either moves elsewhere or seeks to rebuild itself. Accordingly,vengeance can only become a futile act of stupidity. More to the point,vengeance itself usurps an intense devotion of time and energy from other more productive pursuits. Vengeance usually does nothing to change the initial wrong that has been committed, and although refusing to retaliate may feel like aquiescence to that wrong, there are other ways to take a stand for what one feels must be righted. A series of myths involving a Native American hero named Glooscap portray his continuing battles against evil monsters in all their forms. He slays many one after another but each time he conquers one singular evil it seems many more pop up. Finally he realizes a switch in tactics is called for. He discovers after changing his focus to completing a single good deed, that its effects and influence multiply and spread on their own, and he turns away from fighting altogether. May we all choose to join Glooscap in planting seeds of good this spring season.
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