The Lie of Vengeance:
It begins first as a smouldering fire;
A heat that swelters and burns inside your own heart.
It then roars to life as a flame of destruction;
Seeking, hungrily, to consume all who are bound by it...
This is the gift of vengeance
A kiss so sweet that it could only be an evil temptation.
Yet all will seek it in darkness;
For there is none who can resist its sweet allure...
It is like a friend in your time of need;
Comforting and seemingly understanding of your pain.
It tells you that you need to stand up for yourself;
It tells you that others must fall for you to live on!
But this is a lie! Obvious as it might seem;
Many fail to notice the intricacy of this deception.
It is difficult to fathom that the glory and relief which vengeance grants you;
Is naught but an ephemeral wind, existing only for a moment...
Shame and guilt will then crush your spirit
And the emptiness of the void begins to ring hollow within your soul.
The hole which you sought to fill with the taste of revenge;
Has instead grown into a wider pit, one that can never be filled...
Even so, we still cling to our suffering...
Because even if we have this wisdom, we are defined by our suffering;
Just as it is defined by us...
It is difficult to see what is right and wrong in the fog of anger
But I believe that this confusion within us, is at least a part of the answer.
We may not know where, why or even how to rid ourselves of these feelings;
But the proof that we are thinking about it, is the first sign that its chains are slowly loosening...
And perhaps someday, we will truly be free...
-Chen Yuan Wen, 10th May 2012