The Golden Rule is from the Bible. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We are instructed to be kind, fair, reasonable, and when necessary, to turn the other cheek.
The problem is, there is this nasty thing called human nature. We all fall short of the Glory of God. There is none righteous, no not one.
Therefore, kindness, as much as I appreciate it, is not everything. The fact is, while I am a good-natured person, and wish nothing but the best for everyone, and play by the rules the best I can, the world is full of jerks.
The jerks of the world celebrate over our tears. They relish life when they make us angry or frustrated. And some of them are not happy living in peaceful coexistence. We can try to love them all we want, but in the end they are happiest when they can control, dominate, and silence anyone who doesn’t like it.
We’ve all experienced those people in our lives. They foment anger when we do nothing but try to make peace with them. They do diabolical things, and reject any sign of acceptance. They are angry, deceitful, liars, manipulators, and all of the other arrogant and narcissistic things we can’t stand. And, they are not necessarily that way because they didn’t get a fair shake as a child, or someone once stole their lollipop, as Hollywood may wish to convince us. Some people are just evil.
That said, I do not believe there is anybody who is unreachable. God’s Grace can crack even the toughest shell. But, sometimes God’s Grace is not in the cards. Sometimes all of the kindness in the world can’t stop whatever evil is going on in a person’s head.
While kindness is a wonderful thing, peace through strength and might is sometimes necessary. Bullies sometimes can’t be talked to … sometimes, they need to be beaten up. And in some cases, they need to be removed from society, and locked away.
I believe God gave us love, and it is our responsibility to spread it generously, but that does not mean we shouldn’t carry a firearm for protection, or recognize that sometimes, just sometimes, evil will try to have its way despite all of our good intentions.
I believe people should be judged by their content of character, but when evil rears its head, we must be willing and ready to recognize it for what it is, and stop it with force should it try to invade our lands, infiltrate our culture, or dominate our way of life. That is simply the reality of things, and to think otherwise is to reside in a land of fantasy and unrealistic expectations.
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