Thursday, May 2, 2013
"OLD AGE AND TREACHERY......"
"Old age and treachery beats youth and skill every time." is the punch line to a number of jokes one can find on the internet. The complement to it is: "Bullshit and brilliance only come with age and experience."
As all cliches and bromides are true, I am hoping this one is also true. I know that I have the old age component on my side, and now I hope I also have treachery in dealing with a situation involving a manipulative, cunning, and deceitful liar.
Everybody lies. I have lied to get out of situations, and to spare hurt feelings, but I know that I have never told a malicious lie or told a lie to get another person in trouble; I have never lied to hurt someone.
I do not use the word "evil" casually, but I have witnessed genuine EVIL two other times in my life (I wrote about one incident in my BLOG article "BUZZ"), and now, sadly, I am witnessing evil once again.
My wise brother says, "Just ignore it."
How can one ignore EVIL?
My wise husband says, "Leave it alone."
How can one NOT confront EVIL?
I need to talk to my wise friend. What will she advise? OK, PB, what do you think?
I am trying to be introspective; I am trying to project ahead (a week--a month--a year) to evaluate just HOW important the current situation would seem in retrospect.
I'll paraphrase the quote usually attributed to Edmund Burke: "All that is needed for evil to triumph is that good women do nothing."
How the Hell can I do nothing?