Month: August 2009

Question: What Would You Do For Revenge?

As you may have guessed by my previous post, I’ve been watching “Hell Girl” lately. It’s such a creepy anime but I have to admit I’m completely fascinated.

What intrigues me most is the bargain. If I had to go to hell as payment for sending someone else to hell, I wouldn’t do it. Call me judgmental but I assume the people I think should go to hell will end up there eventually with no interference on my part. And I think most of my peers feel the same way: it wouldn’t be worth giving up the joys of heaven just to send someone to hell now.  I’ll suffer through putting up with them during this lifetime, as painful as it may be, rather than putting up with hell forever.

So are we half-assed in our revenge? Are we selfish? Is it a cultural thing? Are the Japanese just more thorough in their revenge and willing to do whatever it takes to make sure it’s done properly? What would someone have to do to make me gladly spend eternity in hell to get back at them? Am I presumptuous to think I would get into heaven so I really have nothing to lose by trading my soul for vengeance?

I really want to hear your thoughts on this…

Lesson 14: Redemption

One of the things I’ve noticed in anime and manga is the theme of redemption.  I’ve been watching “Ruroni Kenshin” lately and the entire series is about people trying to live their lives in a way to do penance for their sins. They’ve changed the way they live their lives so that they are better people in the hopes of somehow offsetting the evils in their pasts.

I thought this was post-worthy because this prompted me to think about all of the people out there–people we know personally and celebrities–who say they are sorry and ask our forgiveness.

What I have noticed is that so many people think that “being forgiven” is enough. That even apologizing is enough. And they go on to make the same mistakes/decisions time after time and expect to be forgiven just by uttering an apology.  To me, being sorry means you will do your best to be a better person so that you won’t have to apologize for making the same mistake or committing the same transgression.

But the beautiful thing is that although there are many people out there who say, “I’m sorry” without a care for what it means and no intention of changing their ways, redemption is available to everyone. It’s never too late to try to be a better person.