This is kind of a funny quote about revenge. Southard doesn’t believe in getting even with those who have wronged you but rather, to pass along the kindness back to those who have helped you. It is a stark contrast to people who believe in getting even with those who have wronged you.
People can wrong other people all the time, sometimes without even realizing it. Most often, those who have wronged you didn’t do it on purpose, or they are just imperfect beings like yourself who make mistakes. It is better to put your energy, not into seeking revenge to those who have crossed you, but into helping those who have helped you. Or better yet, putting your energy into helping others even if they have never helped you before.
Each one of us has a choice of whether or not to focus on all of the negative aspects of our lives, or if we want to focus on the positive and grow as people. No one has a perfect life. You may envy people for what you perceive to be their lives, but you don’t really know what it’s like to be them. There is rarely, if ever a person that is fully together and happy all the time. Each person has past hurts, and life has treated them unfairly at one time or another. Even knowing this, it is hard sometimes to let go of all the pain and start to live more for other people. If you stop wasting your time and thoughts on how to get revenge on people from your past, you will start the healing process and be able to move forward with your life. But if you can, your life will be better for it and so will the lives of all the people you can help.
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