Sunday, September 11, 2011

The whole world blind

I found this postcard in a shop at Jones Beach in the spring of 2002. I take it out and look at it every once in a while. It reminds me to be vigilant, but it has never made me want revenge. Each person is different and all of our feelings are valid, but I simply don't know many people in New York City who wanted revenge. With that in mind, some thoughts for this day...
"He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well." ~ John Milton
" like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with a greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion." ~ Albert Schweitzer 
"An eye for an eye would make the whole world blind." ~ Mohandas Ghandi 
In 2009 CBS Sunday Morning did an interesting report about the varied ways people respond to those who inflict suffering on them. You can see it here.


  1. Well said. I've never understood the need for revenge. I can understand wanting to hold people accountable for their actions, when possible. But exacting revenge doesn't seem like a means to restore the peace that I think the hurt seek. Thank you for sharing these quotes.

  2. Thank you, Sue. I hadn't planned to write anything, but Guiliani, Cheney, Rumsfeld and George W. have been in the news a lot in the past few days. They reminded me about the heavy price the world pays for revenge.