It's funny the things that you remember as a kid. I remember once being heart-broken to the point of tears by a segment on the BBC children's news programme John Craven's Newsround. The story was about the death of a dog, a pet
The dog had died after eating poisonous dog biscuits that had been deliberately
dropped in the street. The police arrested the man who had left them. He said
that he had done it because a dog had killed his cat. Long ago at that time,
aged about five or six, I first asked a question that I'm still asking to this
day. It was a question about revenge.
Revenge is a harmful action against another motivated by that other's own harmful action, perceived or real. It goes by many other names: retribution, vengeance, payback, vendetta, retaliation. It appears to a natural instinct common among humans and even some animals. There are some philosophies which resist the whole concept of revenge, most notably Christian forgiveness: "Jesus said... forgive those who do bad against you." (Luke 11.4) This resistance can also be found in secular philosophy. There is a proverb that goes: "If you set out on a quest for revenge, dig two graves" implying that revenge is often a self-destructive act. This was certain true for the Ahab character in Herman Melville's classic 1851 novel Moby Dick. Ahab is a whaling ship captain who had his leg bitten off by a whale on a previous voyage, and since then he has thought of nothing except killing the whale in revenge. The climax of the story depicts Ahab, consumed with hatred, trapped in the same harpoon line being used to try to kill the whale, being dragged down into the depths of the ocean to his own death. The theme of the novel is that obsession with revenge is pathological and will bring about your own downfall. But in reality, is it possible to completely lose the desire for any revenge at all? And if it's even possible, is it healthy? There are people in my life who have caused me great harm, and to whom I feel a lot of resentment and always will. This doesn't mean I want to chase them with a harpoon if they go swimming in the sea, but I would be unable to feel comfortable in their presence and if one of them approached me, or a loved one, I might take violent steps to repel them. But to forgive them I would need to completely turn off all my emotions, to become totally detached and cold. To forget would require me to develop total and permanent amnesia. I consider the desire for revenge to be an inevitable and normal part of the mental formula of a human being. It doesn't have to be pathological or self-destructive so long as it is processed and integrated. It can even be creative and a source of positive inspiration; some of the characters I invent in my fictional writings are based on my personal enemies. Revenge only becomes detrimental when it takes over your life or becomes misplaced.
Misplaced revenge is one of the biggest hazards currently facing human society and it is encouraged and incited by the psychological manipulators in the media, education, military and other areas. It is the problem that I became suddenly and acutely aware of as a little child watching John Craven's Newsround all those years ago. As I said, the will to seek revenge is a natural instinct, but the goal of achieving revenge is not always attainable. What can then happen, if we're not careful, is that we are unable to assimilate the experience of this failure and descend into mania; this is what I call misplaced revenge. It is a state in which we will target innocent people for revenge simply because they bear a coincidental resemblance to the natural target; they may be of the same nationality, the same colour, the same religion, or even the same gender. The last example is the most dangerous because it makes half of all humanity a potential objective for your malice! You will end up doing serious harm to people who do not deserve it. You may find yourself making cop-outs and half-hearted attempts to rationalize your actions, for example: "Niggers are all the same!" or "Women? Bitches every one of 'em!" In the case of the Newsround story, the dog which died did nothing wrong to any cat, yet the cat-owner gained some catharsis by killing a dog, any dog because a particular dog had killed his cat. Even at a very young age, I understood this concept and what was wrong with it. The message was reinforced during another childhood experience. I had the misfortune to be in the
during the Heysel Stadium Disaster, see: http://www.lfconline.com/sngl/edb3/heysel_tragedy_section/index.shtml.
As we drove along in our family car along Dutch streets, passing motorists
horn-lashed us and hurled abuse at us on several occasions. The motive?
Whatever the factual rights and wrongs of the riot which led to the disaster,
the initial blame fell completely on the British Liverpool supporters... and
our car had a UK
numberplate and bumper sticker. Of course my family and I had nothing to do
with what happened at Heysel Stadium because we weren't there, but we happened,
by pure coincidence, to come from the same country as those who did; therefore
we were the target of revenge.
Amazingly, even to bring up this question can lead to accusations of naivete. "What do you mean 'we didn't do it?' That's no excuse! You're from the same country, ain't you?" News programmes, criminologists and politicians refuse to even consider this problem. Misplaced revenge is causally and thoughtlessly accepted and categorized along with natural revenge instincts. This has given the Illuminati-occupied powers-the-be a field day when it comes to starting and maintaining wars. There are even cases of one group of people going to war against another because of a perceived motive that took place centuries ago! This is why it is so important that we don't fall into the trap of carrying out acts of misplaced revenge. No person must be held accountable for any action, except those which they have personally performed. It is only through becoming aware of this fact and by refusing to indulge ourselves in misplaced revenge that we can break through one of the most effective manipulation tools the New World Order can wield against us.