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An Eye For An Eye

Acting out of anger can lead to serious consequences. This is evident from the killing of Iranian official Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was no saint. He was responsible for the deaths of American troops stationed abroad and the leader of a terrorist organization called Quds Force.

Soleimani had so much blood on his hands that he could never wash them clean. And yet, he seriously believed that he would go to paradise. His hatred consumed him. His dogma, an eye for an eye, never brought peace. But how can it? Peace cannot be achieved if what you do to me I’m going to sling back three times worse.

Iran and the U.S. are as different as night and day. Iranian official Qasem Soleimani exemplifies the belief of an eye for an eye, whereas the U.S. exemplifies the Judeo-Christian ethics (i.e. Jesus’ teaching of turn the other cheek). In this case, however, anger took over. Jesus’ teaching of turn the other cheek was emblazed by Satan. That is, getting caught up in the heat of the moment. Or better yet, as His Holiness the Dalai Lama would impart, “Anger is like a fisherman’s hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.”

Anger and an eye for an eye will not lead to peace, only to destruction. A truce is needed because neither side will win. If it is peace we are after, then we can be transcended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he says, “Rresponding to a trying situation with patience and tolerance rather than reacting with anger and hatred involves active restraint, which arises from a strong, self-disciplined mind.” Hear! Hear!

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