In the relative peacefulness of Australia, some of us are inclined to wonder why the "Serbs and the Bosnians" - name any warring groups here- can't just make up and live at peace. Well, at school there was this kid about 3 years older than me. He was one of the "heavies." Unlike some kids he didn't make my life a misery. He was just one of those people you knew not to cross, and steered clear of.
I haven't seen him since the day he left school- it must be 30 years ago. He was in the news the other week, being investigated for certain unspecified activities. I was startled by my instant response- "Serves the bastard right!" A flood of resentment surfaced in me. I found I was keeping an eye out for more in the papers. Mulling this over a couple of times, I found I would be quite happy to beat the shit out of him!
I'm not sure why all this is so. I also actually feel a bit sorry for the bloke. But I've learned a lesson about why it's hard for issues of hate and revenge to be resolved- I mean I really have nothing to be angry about with him. Making our peace with people- being reconciled- even making reparation are important things to do. It's a pity our current government is so opposed to such things. What does it say for our future in Australia?
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