I’ve been thinking about it and the lines that are involved, and how far is too far.
Karma is karma. But karma doesn’t always give you what you need.
These clips, first from a TV show, Queer as Folk, and then a film, Straightheads are both very similar. And deal with similar concepts and issues.
In the first, Justin gets his revenge on the guy who gay bashed him after his prom. You see the smile on his lips as he gets what it is he needed. The second guy is egging him on. And you follow the feelings as a viewer. You feel the emotions, sweet revenge. And you know when too far, begins to feel too far, and you will him to stop, and walk away.
The second is an outstanding film, Straightheads, with one of my favourite actresses Gillian Anderson. She gets raped, brutally. There are clips on YouTube if you want to see it. She gets her revenge, what she needs, and she knows when to stop.
I’m not going to get all gushy and Martin Luther King ‘an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.’ Nobody who does something to someone else, doesn’t deserve that exact same level of pain / fear inflicted back upon them. It is not fair to expect the victim to be the ‘bigger person.’ The victim already is the bigger person.
And the victim is the only person who can dictate how far, is too far.
Would karma work if you were there to see it unfolding?
I don’t believe so.
I believe the victim, needs to be in control of it.
That’s the one thing that karma lacks.
To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.
Try to keep on to your tunic, it’s your tunic.