I don’t do tit for tat. I do tenfold. By that I mean I do not actively seek revenge for most things, but the cruelty that is bestowed upon me is directly repaid by my Maker. Now, I’m not certain who my Maker is exactly (as I’ve posted before) but I can feel that Creator with me. Especially now. On my spiritual journey I’ve done some reading and most of the world’s major religions have similar philosophies when it comes to revenge. Confucius said, “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” Lao Tzu wrote in The Ethics of War, “The best soldier fights without vengeance, without anger, and without hate. He puts himself humbly below his comrades, thereby eliciting the highest loyalty from them. This is the power of non-belligerence and cooperation. It is the ancient path to the Great Integrity.” That wise man lived in the 6th century B.C. so this is no new concept. Ghandi famously said, “An eye for an eye will only leave the whole world blind.” The Dalai Lama (can’t leave him out) said, “We should not seek revenge on those who have committed crimes against us, or reply to their crimes with other crimes. We should reflect that by the laws of Karma, they are in danger of lowly and miserable lives to come, and that our duty to them, as to every being, is to help them rise toward Nirvana rather than sink to lower levels of rebirth.” The Torah speaks of revenge in Leviticus stating, “You shall not take revenge nor bear a grudge against the children of thy people.” Closely related are the words in Romans of the Christian Bible, “Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is Mine: I will repay, sayeth the Lord.” Now, if you’re still with me, my current personal views on revenge seem to be a proven amalgamation of Karma and Christianity. There are some things happening for me recently that indicate that some sort of cosmic vengeance is in action. I can hear the whining and whispering that it has caused. I’m finally feeling that justice is on the way and I don’t have to do anything but the next right thing to receive the things I feel I’m owed. This fact has always been true. In fact, in my younger years, I’ve actively tried to protect my abusers from facing justice, only to find myself seated in the back of a courtroom crying as they are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. My Higher Power has me covered, every time, always has. He knows what’s best. He knows what’s right. All I need to do is be decent, act with integrity, have pure intentions, and carry love and kindness in my heart. The ones who have harmed me have always paid what they owe, and then some, so long as I do those things. I’d be very frightened if I were on the wrong side right because it is not men people need fear answering to. My protector is MUCH bigger than that.