Losing an eye in exchange for someone else losing an eye probably isn’t in anyone’s best interests. Mahatma Gandhi did not believe that when something awful was done by someone, that they deserved to have the same thing done to them, as he felt that if we keep on punishing those that we deem cruel, then we’re no better than the bad guys ourselves. This famous quote refers to an Old Testament reference regarding the legal penalties for violence that is stated, ‘An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.’ Gandhi rejected violence as a means to change, and he only engaged in peaceful ways of protest. A version of this quote was also used by Dr Martin Luther King Jr during the struggle for civil rights and equality in the USA. Both men were proponents of the power of the people and their peaceful methods carried great weight and helped bring about social change.
If one person pokes another person’s eye out, then retaliation results in this person poking back, taking out the eye of the aggressive person who did this to them. This approach will only make the whole world blind, so people should learn not to resort to revenge.
Written for Linda G. Hill Life in progress One-Liner Wednesday – May 2 prompt.