An Eye For An Eye For An Eye For An Eye

What is happening to our world, a loaded question if there ever was one.

Looking through back newspapers at the library, I came across the headline…80 Little Lives Lost.

It was referring to the kids on the Malaysian plane shot down a week ago today.

It has haunted me all morning.

I don’t like writing sad pieces. My goal is to make a reader laugh, but I don’t feel so funny at the moment. I can’t wrap my brain around all this violence.

Didn’t an eye for an eye in the Old Testament mean, a proportionate response? If you pull my pig-tail, I get to pull yours…not, if you yank my hair one more time your head will be in a mason jar.  images-3

Israel is about to be leveled from the earth…the Atlantis of our lifetime…and my naive brain can’t understand why this is preferable to a truce.

The terrorist group yet to come forward though Russia is looking pretty good, didn’t care there were kids on that plane. The least they could have done was check the passenger list to see. I know that sounds ridiculous, but if they were Connecticut terrorists they might have done that.

But as a fellow I know said, “They want the kids, so they don’t grow up to fight them.” We were in the middle of lunch and suddenly my arugula salad went flat. When did hatred get so out of hand.

You’d think after 9/11 I’d be more versed in terrorism, but truthfully I’m not and feel it’s a blessing.

I just reread 13 Days, a book Robert Kennedy wrote about the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.images-1 It’s always stunning to read how, if JFK wasn’t so level-headed, we wouldn’t be here. The Joint Chiefs wanted to blow Russia, and ourselves, to kingdom come. It was more desirable to be right than alive.

If you could get a copy, it’s worth the read. images-2A real education and moment of triumph for our 35th president who’s now only remembered for his demise and flagrant infidelities (you can also rent the film of the same name).

On a personal level, I’ve learned to put down resentments even when they’re more than a little warranted.

If one more soul acts badly in relation to my limited hearing, I just may have a public showdown.

The last time it happened, the person who lost patience when simply asked, if he could please speak up making me feel worth ten cents a pound, apologized in an email the next day.

I accepted of course, for me more than him.

Anger is just too heavy to carry because next thing you’d know, I’d be stalking him with binoculars and an Uzi.

We have to nip hatred in the bud or we will be no more.

Isn’t that a no-brainer?     images-5



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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13 Responses to An Eye For An Eye For An Eye For An Eye

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  2. katecrimmins says:

    I’m with you. I get tired, sad and depressed reading all the madness in the world. My answer has always been to neuter the men in those hot bed areas. It made my male cats, nice and happy. We need to learn to control our aggression genes. I love the Gandhi quote. It’s so true. As for your hearing, we need to be kinder to our fellow humans because we all have shortcomings. I may not be from Connecticut but my genes would never let me mock or hurt someone who had a disability. And my mother would come back from her grave and give me a thrashing.


    • Neutering sounds like a good plan…I’m in…and yes, whenever anyone is a little less fortunate in any area, it would help if awareness made a cameo…sadly it’s not always the case. If there was ever a time I was impatient, am I getting it now.


  3. micklively says:

    The Russians are only doing what both Britain and USA have been doing for centuries. Find a faction in a country that you covet; arm and pay them to install a government friendly to your interests. A rogue state is where you can’t buy a MacDonalds.
    MKG was quite right but I don’t see things changing any time soon. Some coincidence: I watched the Attenborough film this afternoon. It always moves me to tears.


    • Did you see the little feature Daniel Day Lewis had in Gandhi? It was way before he became a household word. Great film and BK was amazing.


      • micklively says:

        Yes, I recall DDL’s portrayal of Colin, the South Africa racist thug. There were so many “names” in that film. So many huge stars who were content to take bit parts. Edward Fox as the infamous General Dyer springs to mind. Possibly my favourite film of all time.


      • I should see it again too. Maybe this weekend. Hope you had a wonderful week off and Maeve a lovely birthday.


  4. There is a lot of terrible stuff in this world, to the point that I hate to watch the news anymore. I don’t think them shooting down that plane was intentional, since they probably thought it was a Ukrainian military plane, but still it’s a huge tragedy, especially the way they’re handling it. I don’t believe in an eye for an eye, but I do believe we should stop bad people from doing bad things.


    • It’s very complicated David and grim to boot. I don’t know who shot it down and they’re itching to blame Putin, and I can’t blame them. Holland really took a hit…and I don’t know about you, but I’m petrified to fly…Someone close to me is about to and I’m unnerved he’ll be in the air…this is the height of terrorism…being perpetually terrified.


      • That’s how they get you, being afraid to do the things you normally do. I know for myself, coming back here from Korea where there are no guns, I keep looking around, wondering if I’ll be involved in a mass shooting. Not that it’s statistically likely, but for the first time in 6 years, it’s possible.


      • Must be such a culture shock for you…I’m awed by your bravery…moving is hard.


  5. The level of hate is at an all time high. Not just on the big scale, but on the every day regular people scale too. There are days when I feel any minute everything will explode. Toxic! Love the quote from my man “G”!


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