Is revenge heroic?
In movies and TV shows revenge is often depicted as a courageous act, and those who succeed in getting revenge are portrayed as heroes. The Lifetime Channel on TV specializes in revenge movies. They’ve got it down to a formula.
In each story, there is an innocent heroine and a malicious villain. The villain tries to take away the heroine’s job, family, children, reputation, identity, mansion, rubies or all of the above. Eventually the heroine turns into a vigilante and goes after the villain to make him or her pay for what they have done. And the heroine (almost always female) doesn’t just shoot one bullet into the villain’s body, but about ten or eleven. He or she gets what they deserve.
Two angels appeared before Abraham, patriarch of the Jews. They said to him, “The villages of Sodom and Gomorrah must be destroyed because the people there have all become corrupt and perverse.”
Abraham could not believe this to be true, so he said to the angels, “If I can find fifty good people there, will you spare these villages?” The angels agreed. Abraham searched the villages and could not find fifty good people.
Abraham then asked the angels, “If I can find forty good people there, will you spare these villages?” The angels again agreed. Abraham searched the villages and could not find forty good people.
The fourth Democratic debate ended with a question that most candidates evaded and later metwith a hailstorm of slams on Twitter. The question was about Ellen DeGeneres’ friendship with President George Bush.
This was in reference to Degeneres being largely criticized by liberals after she and former President George W. Bush were seen laughing together at a football game. Ellen defended their friendship, saying, ‘We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s OK, that we’re all different,’” Anderson Cooper, debate moderator, brought this up and asked. “So in that spirit, we’d like you to tell us about a friendship that you’ve had that would surprise us and what impacts it’s had on you and your beliefs.”
We have now had 34 mass killings this year (of 5 or more people), and the year isn’t finished yet. Mass killing are one of the most heinous forms of destructive communication, the ultimate acting out of feelings. A while back President Trump said to Kim Jung Un, President of North Korea, that if the Korean leader continued to escalate his development of his nuclear arsenal, Un would experience “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” This, again, is the most destructive kind of communication—a harsh death threat.
Recently a nurse was fired from Indiana University Health after she tweeted, “Every white woman raises a detriment to society when they raise a son. Someone with the HIGHEST propensity to be a terrorist, rapist, killer, and domestic violence all star. Historically, every son you had should be sacrificed to the B-ch Wolves…”
This statement resulted in its tweeter being punished. But many other such statements about men, especially white males as well as behaviors, have not only passed inspection but also have been encouraged. In fact, it appears that a kind of persecution of white males has gone on for at least half a century.