The one thing we are all good at is: Underestimating our fellow-man, which can cause a premature demise. As a Living Witness, I know not to ever underestimate the power of human stupidity, jealousy, the opponent, one’s talents, or their capacity to be violent. We just never know what some are capable of.
Often when we do good or bad we are asked why. The word because is the start to explaining a reason. I don’t know about you, but most times when I use the word because, it is the beginning of an excuse, which is a reason, more than likely a lie, amongst others things…
From My Point of View; Just because a person chooses to refrain from fighting doesn’t necessary mean they’re afraid. You take your chances when assuming those who are capable of controlling their anger are cowards.
Back in the day, I was the manager of a Club in Pittsburgh Penna… During this time a new patron at the bar told me he had served over 33 years in prison for murdering two men and a woman. A few months later, and for “No Reason” he was being called out, and not in a good way.
The problem was another patron who frequents the bar by the name of Jim, decided to harass this mild but murderous man we will call Chunky. I believe the taunting started because of his size. Ole smart mouthed Jim was unaware of Chunk’s violent past and history of mental illness.
Also unknown to Jim and the agitators who joined in was the fact that Chunky had been released from one of the most feared penal systems in the United States; Lewisburg Penitentiary, Lewisburg Pennsylvania
Jim had too much to drink and I was afraid if Chunky tired of his tom-foolery; including the laughter from rest of the idiots, things were not going to go to well for any of them. To my surprise, Chunky remained calm, and I am glad for that, the last thing I wanted to do was call the police, and I’m sure Chunky didn’t want the police involved.
After all the commotion was said and done and I felt safe, I asked Chunky why, but most of all, how did he keep his cool. With a blank face, this three-time murderer said; I bet he never killed nobody, and I wouldn’t fight him because when I fight, I kill.
From my point of view: Ole drunken loud Jim still doesn’t know the trouble he was in, with his so-called brave self. We just never know the state of mind of another.
Wait, there’s more; From past experiences, I learned to never take anyone for granted just because they’re quite? Quite people don’t say much, they just think a lot, and they have the loudest minds that speak with a tiny voice; until pushed too far.
Take heed: Being quite do not mean a quite person is passive; FYI: Only those who care about you can hear you when you’re quite; I wish.
Married for years, non-aggressive Rosie put up with most of her husband’s nonsense; something he took for granted. After a rather bitter disagreement; behavior he was not accustomed to from Rosie, he back-handed her across the face in anger. Rosie without warning stabbed her abusive husband 11 times.
We just never know, and some won’t have a clue until it’s too late, causing us to learn a hard lesson.
Rosie told the police, “A man always hits a woman to get her in line and keep her under control. I had six brothers and had to fight them all. I could handle all the loud talk, but when he put his hands on me all I saw was red.” I think that was the longest sentence I ever heard from Rosie.
From my point of view; People that are taken for granted eventually will become tired being looked over. Snap is more realistic. Also, if or when they do snap, the fight will be more than any of us can bear because we will be unprepared for the fury the quite ones are capable of unleashing. (Pined up Anger)
You just never know. Some have a plan to try to live a quiet non-assuming life.
They often spend a lifetime trying to not make waves until they have been attacked one too many times; creating the “straw that broke the camels back.” (Too much to bear.) It’s best to know when to step back, better yet, it’s best to leave people alone whether they are seeking peace or not. If you choose not to, you may start a UN-winnable war.
Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. Ronald Reagan
I learned a few things because of those two incidences, for instance; “Learn things from those around you, enjoy life with those beside you, and don’t underestimate those below you.”
Lord, we pray for peace and understanding in our homes and among our peers. Make your ways known upon the earth. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen
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