“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” – Ghandi
I came across this Ghandi quote a couple of days ago. It loved it instantly because I have always admired this man, and have always heard people talking (especially on TV – Egyptian series) about the other Hamurabi quote “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” and never agreed with it.
Then while contemplating this morning about the recent world affairs especially the situation in Iraq and the whole idea of the war against terror. I can see clearly that the world has really gone BLIND.
I have always wondered how people claiming to defend a specific religion can ignore basic aspects of it. I am talking specifically about George W Bush, who claims to be a conservative Catholic, who at some point was stupid enough to call the war on terror a crusader! How come he forgets a basic principal of Jesus teachings and goes after Hamurabi’s law?
He doesn’t have be buddhist, or to even hear about Ghandi, but how come he gives himself the right to claim to be a defender of Christianity while he lacks of the basic spirit of its teachings?
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” (Matthew 5:38-42, NIV) – Jesus