The Case for Revenge – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Justice and History sculpture. U.S. Capitol. Thomas Crawford, sculptor, c. late 1850s. An official Architect of the Capitol photograph via Flickr.
“The talion establishes a boundary for human loss. A debt is created, and the avenger is entitled to take the measure of his or her loss as payback. The wrongdoer is entitled to no discount, and the avenger is held to a standard that allows for no excess.”
“The face of vengeance and the face of justice are ultimately mirror images, staring back at each other, occupying the same scale, measure for measure.”
Library Juice » Whistleblowers, Intellectual Freedom, and Librarians.
“As librarians, professionals dedicated to equitable access to information, we should be acutely aware of and decidedly outspoken about the current threat to the vital role that whistleblowers play in times of heightened government secrecy, that of alerting us to troubling, unethical, immoral, and/or criminal acts in our name.”
“Lawyers say it doesn’t matter whether your notes are digital or analog if you’re looking to use them as supporting evidence in any legal tussle. The legal stance is that notes will stand up as evidence in court, should you ever need to rely on them.”
Beyond the Bullet Points: Rock Stars | Virtual Dave…Real Blog.
“Librarianship is not a set of skills to be learned, or a set of degrees to be mastered. Librarianship is a conversation that has taken place over millennia. It is a conversation that we must all be a part of or it will die…. It will die if librarians forget [we] have an obligation to…[not] stay silent until asked our opinions.”
Eye of the Tiger. By disgusts via Flickr.
Sometimes life throws you lemons. So you make lemonade, right? But Cave Johnson says, “When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back. Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons!” He then goes on and on about combustible lemons. Hilarious!
I mention this because recently life gave me a bushel full of lemons. Well, not give. That’s too nice. No. More like shafted me with a bushel full of lemons. That’s appropriately descriptive of the situation I currently find myself in. (And descriptive of what I think of the situation. And it’s not life doing the shafting either. But I digress.) I now have to figure out what to do with all these lemons that have been forced upon me. While making lemonade sounds nice, positive, and oh so ultra-sweet, I think I would rather follow Cave Johnson’s advice. This seems like a more fitting response considering the (injustice of the) circumstances. I am thankful that many friends are supportive of me and my decision to “make life take the lemons back.” Some have even said that I must fight. I can’t just accept this or let it happen.
I hadn’t counted on this outpouring of support. Or the number of people who have my back. I am surprised to have so many supporters and friends. They actually want me to demand to see life’s manager. Of course, this kicks my utang na loob in hyper-drive. I owe these people to show some guts, even without the promise of glory.
This situation reminded me of 2 things. The first is my favorite Psalms verse. The most appropriate part goes:
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalms 23:5-6 (NIV)
The second is Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.” Because I’m in the fight of my life (so far). I know, I know. So melodramatic. Geez. Exaggerate much? But the odds are stacked against me. So I must rise up “to the challenge of [my] rival.” I fully expect to lose. But I can’t let it break me. I owe my friends and my family to do this. I must repay.