Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Fool Me Once...

I know we've all heard the saying, but here's my question.

How many times do you get to repeat stupid behavior before you are officially an idiot?

How many times do you take back the cheating ex? How many times do you forgive the evil mother in law? How many times do you loan money to your best friend, even though she never pays it back?

Where is your line?

Tracy "Don't look at me, I'm just asking" Lynn


Schrodinger's Kitten said...

I think the answer lies in awareness...if you choose to do it, even though you 'know' it's stupid...that's when you officially become an idiot!

'Jax said...

Someone asked JC once how many times he should forgive a brother who had trespassed against him, seven times? JC replied, 'seven times seventy'.

He also told a parable about a man who squandered a massively vast, unrepayable amount of his master's money. He was brought before the master, fearing for his life. But the master forgives him and sends him on his way.
The forgiven man, walking out the front door, sees a man who owes him some trivial amount, and proceeds to threaten him with imprisonment unless he pays up immediately.
The master walks out and observes his servant harrassing his debtor. He then calls for his guards and has the servant thrown in prison.

My own personal opinion is this: if the person actually, genuinely wants to be forgiven, forgive them. If they don't care, neither should you. If someone owes you money but will never, ever be able to repay it, forget the debt; you'll sleep easier, and so will they. Of course, if they can't pay now, you shouldn't lend them any more. If you have the money to spare, you shouldn't worry about collecting.

peace all