“One ought not to return a wrong nor an injury to any person, however strong the provocation.” SOCRATES
By Alex P. Vidal
When some people assassinate your character because they can’t think and write the way you do, will you stoop down to their level and engage them in their forte — mudslinging?
Come to think of it.
Jesus Christ mocked and nailed on the cross. Mary Magdalene stoned and called a whore. Socrates found guilty of “introducing new gods” by a slender majority in a jury of 501 and forced to kill himself by drinking hemlock. Pompey decapitated. Julius Caesar stabbed in the back by envious senators led by neurotic Brutus (“Et tu, Brute?”) and ambitious Cassius.
Darius severely wounded before being killed in losing Persia to Alexander The Great in the Battle of Arbela. Montezuma humiliated in his own territory in Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, by Hernando Cortez. Napoleon Bonaparte in Waterloo. The Battle of Acium. Holocaust.
Love birds Mark Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide. Ben Hur and El Cid. Pearl Harbor. The Bay of Pigs. Gomburza. Jose Rizal. Andres Bonifacio. Antonio Luna. John F. Kennedy. Martin Luther King. John Lennon. Moises Padilla. Ninoy Aquino.
Bruno burned at stake by the Catholic Inquisition. Galileo forced to recant the heleocentric theory and spent years in jail. Bloody Mary beheaded. Thomas Moore beheaded for refusing to solemnize the marriage of Queen Elizabeth’s father King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn. Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution guillotine.
Diego Silang and his wife Gabriela executed. Dona Aurora, wife of President Quezon, and their daughter Baby Quezon, killed in ambush by Hukbalahap. Alexander Hamilton, Magellan, Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Rasputin, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler all died violently. And so on and so forth.
These great men and women suffered humiliation and cruel deaths. My blog was merely vandalized. Why should I bawl out my jealous and envious critics?
According to one of my most favorites editors, Harry Golden, there are at least four billion suns in the Milky Way — which is only one galaxy. Many of these suns are thousands of times larger than our own, and vast millions of them have whole planetary systems, including literally billions of satellites, and all of this revolves at the rate of about a million miles an hour, like a huge oval pinwheel.
Our own sun and its planets, which includes the earth, are on the edge of this wheel. This is only our small corner of the universe, so why do not these billions of revolving and rotating suns and planets collide?
The answer is, the space is so unbelievably vast that if we reduced the suns and the planets in correct mathematical proportion with relation to the distances between them, each sun would be a speck of dust, two, three, and four thousand miles away from its nearest neighbor. And, mind you, this is only the Milky Way — our own small corner — our own galaxy. How many galaxies are there? Billions. Billions of galaxies spaced at about one million light years apart (one light-year is about six trillion miles).
Within the range of our biggest telescopes there are at least one hundred million separate galaxies such as our own Milky Way, and that is not all, by any means. The scientists have found that the further you got out into space with the telescopes the thicker the galaxies become, and there are billions of billions as yet uncovered to the scientist’s camera and the astrophysicist’s calculations.
When you think of all this, it’s silly to worry whether the allegations of our critics will really change the way we live in society.