To what extent do you subscribe to this philosophy? Do you think people should always be limitless fonts of forgiveness, or do you think sometimes retribution is in order?
So why I'm posting this is a rather silly matter to be honest, but something that has got under my skin never the less. The other day I was walking home and I stepped off the curb, rolled my ankle and completely floored myself. I have long, thin and very flat feet; so these things probably happen to me more than your average person. I was carrying a lot of shopping at the time and most of it got ruined because I hit the ground pretty forcefully, though I didn't injure myself beyond a few large bruises. To the casual observer, sure I guess it would have looked pretty amusing.
At the same time a local roofing company in their work's van actually went to the extent of pulling over to laugh at me. They pulled over, wound down their window and without offering me help laughed at me for at least half a minute - which may not sound like a long time but it is to stay continually laughing at someone. I could understand someone driving past and just saying "HA!", but this was taken to the point that it was really quite insulting.
I know where the people who run the company live, I have to walk past them every day to get into uni. Just this morning I walked past the boss man (who I'm not sure was in the van at the time, I could only see the guy on the driver's side - but with such a small family business I would imagine he would be) and I was pretty tempted to swing for him. It irks me quite a bit that I'm going to have to walk past that van every day I go into uni 'til I at least finish my master's next year; maybe even longer if I decide to do a PhD to properly get into research which I most likely will do.
So what could I do about this? Well in this day and age there are plenty of online review sites for business. I could go on every site, make a false account and do my best to paint them as rogue traders (which even if they aren't they are probably quite unprofessional given how they reacted to myself falling over) - saying that they were rude, took way too long finishing the job, overcharged me and then added on additional costs at the end that I felt like I was being held at ransom to pay.
I feel as though this may be a bit far given the slight, and I would also be lowering myself by the fact I could act so childishly. Plus there's the slim chance that I might get done for defamation
(or slander, whatever you want to call it) if it ever was traced back to me, and there might be a bit of the fact that I'd be taking my angst about where I live on the whole on just one business (case in point someone nearly ran me over last week at a zebra crossing - I had to actually leap out of their way, and it seems like I can't go a few days around here without some stranger being horribly unpleasant to me). Still, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted. If I was physically imposing I could have just asked them to get out of their van and laugh in my face in an intimidating fashion and that would have been the end of it, but surprise surprise people who post frequently on internet forums aren't typically muscle bound he-men.
I guess I just know if the situation was reversed I would help someone who had fallen over (and have done in the past) so I can't really comprehend why they would act like that, or at least take it to the extent they did. Another bystander did try and help, so I guess the state of humanity around where I live isn't so terrible so that absolutely everyone doesn't give a shit about their fellowman. I suppose I'm giving this situation much more gravity than it deserves, but I think my capacity for forgiveness of unpleasant strangers and the faith I have in other people has dramatically lowered since living here.
So, an eye for an eye - your thoughts please. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt compelled to seek retribution for a slight? I guess some of this ground may have been covered in one of my previous threads
, but meh.
*Waits for do-gooder to quote Gandhi