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Thought for the Day

Not sure who I’m stealing this idea from, but this isn’t originally mine. It’s just been rumbling around in my head for the past few.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[a]39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.

Turning the other cheek is usually portrayed as a good person allowing someone else to harm them and not responding out of kindness and forgiveness.

I’ve always looked at it as not caring enough about the other person to give them the satisfaction of a response.

To me, it’s more of a statement for me to remind someone that they are so insignificant to me that even an insult or minor attack isn’t worth the effort to notice.

“You, flea, are not worth the calories it would take to scratch.” and all that.

Of course, your mileage may vary. My ability to ignore someone changes depending on a lot of variables, and I did inherit my grandfather’s temper.

And for you “What would Jesus do?” folks, just remember that in certain circumstances, flipping tables and literally beating the bejeezus out of them is perfectly acceptable.


  1. *grins* The people who think it’s an order for being a victim to bullies forget body mechanics. Hitting someone on the right cheek with a backhand uses the right hand – the clean hand in that part of the world and time. It’s a demeaning insult you would not inflict on peers.

    Hitting someone on the left cheek requires them to either use the unclean hand – that which is not done – or to hit ’em with a punch from the right like an equal.

    Going that extra mile? A Roman soldier could compel a subject to carry a load one mile… and risked punishment if a subject carried it further than the soldier could legally compel him.

    That’s not pacifism, that’s psyops.


  2. Old NFO

     /  November 6, 2022

    Psyops is a thing… always has been, and used successfully many a time.


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