Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Don't get a big head over the swollen face


People really need to check themselves about this case.

The mug shot of the alleged abuser's beaten face has been clogging my Facebook feed, with lots of cheers and heavily implied fist-pumping. Because, hey, who doesn't want to see an abusive jerk get his comeuppance?

But this follow-up story reminds us that this is a real, and tragic, incident that was almost made worse by bloodlust. It takes a saintly show of humanity to halt your father from fatally stabbing your abuser, especially in the heat of the moment. That's about as high a road as high roads go. Fortunately, the victim's father took heed. 

The high road is often the hard road. It chucks vengeance in favor of being better than the bad guy. That's an ideal few of us reach even in the best of times.

The beating was a regrettable incident undeserving of all the accolades it's getting. I like to think the father would agree, even though he thwarted worse abuse. If you must cheer anyone in this incident, cheer the boy. Two wrongs don't make a right, but mercy in a time of anger just might.

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