An article caught my eye today. It was about an incident in Iran, a young boy was stabbed to death in a street fight and the murderer was due to be hanged publically. When he was about to be hanged, the victim’s mother shows up, slaps tight on the face of the murderer and said she forgave him.
It was a remarkable feeling reading this article. No wonder it was heinous what the murderer had done, the lady lost her son, something that would probably haunt her for the rest of her life. I don’t know what I would do if I were in her place, maybe I would say – HANG HIM, he deserves it – “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” right? But I can’t help but wonder what would have been running through her mind to say that she forgives the man who killed her son.
Just when we thought the attributes of greatness are with the BIG people, the Lincolns or the Einsteins, something that stops us in the tracks are the greatness of people shown in the acts of daily life. I probably would never know how the life of the GREATS would have been but this strikes to me as something equally stunning. Think of all the emotions the lady had gone through – Anger, hurt, sorrow, pity, hatred, helplessness. I can’t even try to fathom the depth of them. But what she decides to do in the midst of all these, she decides to rise up beyond all of them to something even bigger.
She slaps him on the face and walks away. There can be a hundred views to what and why she did and whether it was right or wrong but she did stand up to something beyond all of that. I think it is these moments of action which define us as people. As it is rightly said, talk is easy, it is easy to sit back in retrospect and think what all could be done and how all it could be addressed. But the moment of action is something which makes us stop and think for a while to realize – HUMANITY is certainly a virtue. And as the criminal mentioned – “The slap was the difference between revenge and forgiveness”
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