Seeking violent revenge is a delusion of justice

SteilacoomJuly 14, 2014 

The Middle East is destroying itself through the old law of retaliation. The Romans called it Lex Talionis, the Hebrews called it, “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” It doesn’t work.

Through this outmoded law, my enemy and I descend into each others lie. Israeli and Palestinian, Sunni and Shi’a, spiral in a dance of never-ending violence, based on the delusion that one’s act of revenge is a form of justice, while the enemy’s is a crime.

But a Palestinian Jew named Issa once offered a new law. He said, “You have heard, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, but I say to you, do not resist the evil one ... love your enemy.” Our minds are still terrified by his teaching, inventing a thousand logical reasons to reject it; for his words reverberate at such a high frequency of spiritual energy, they have never yet taken root in the human heart.

But they will.

Fred Lamotte


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