Neither have you....
How does it benefit ANYONE to attempt the subjugation of another? You are not special when you seek to create misery. True specialness comes from loving yourself even in the face of degradation. Hurting people is a sign of weakness, self-loathing, and vulnerability. Those who cause pain are projecting their own sense of hopelessness and helplessness.
To every person who has ever hurt a vulnerable party--that is who you are. Weak. You lack integrity, honor, loyalty, and the ability to love...anyone. Including yourself. You believe that if you can make people like me bow our heads, keep us poor, stuck in your social prison, that it validates how you feel.
Why? Because, our very existence PROVES that yours is nothing but a lie.
We are the light of truth. Everyone and anyone can see us--the ones who are like me. We shine. And it scares the living shit out of those who choose not to.
People are not better for causing sorrow. When you do that, you are nothing more and nothing less than a bullying boy in the playground who hurts a little girl to feel better. You are jealous, petty, vindictive, and cowardly. You fear me, and those like me, because we are your opposite. We are brave and strong. We love with no end and no beginning. We raise people up. We give. All we have. We seek goodness in every person...even you. We emanate light, no matter what happens to us. And, you hate us for it. Envious because you cannot understand how we continue to smile, despite being thrown in the mud. Despite being imprisoned. Despite rape, abuse, and more loss than any living creature should be allowed to bear. Yes, "allowed." We are a community in our shared humanity--when one of us suffers, we ALL suffer. One way or another.
Maybe you can bully, cajole, devalue, bribe, and manipulate your way to wealth, to power, to beauty, even to love. But NONE of it is really yours. And NONE of it will remain. You will one day be poor, scared, sick, and hungry. You will be withered, ineffective, small, and alone. On that day, in the not-so-distant future, you will remember me. You will remember my words. And YOU WILL regret every horrible thing you ever did. You will think back on your life and you will see that it was futile. Useless. Artificial. You will see that your legacy to the world is pain. You will see that you created gaps instead of connections. Betrayal instead of trust. Hatred instead of love. Death instead of life. Fear and derision instead of courage and joy. And, when you close your eyes for the last time on all the misery you created, you will see me. My face. My smile. My light.
I will be there. For you.
Think about that before you utter your next insult. Before you use a woman for sex or ego or pride or material gain. Before you abuse a child. Before you hurt a helpless animal and call it "sport." Before you kill a spider. Before you prevent another person from earning. Before you use your words and actions to make a vulnerable person feel small instead of tall. Before you withhold affection and love. Before you think, speak and act with hatred. Think. And think hard. Then, pray. Pray that you can somehow reverse the evils you put into this world--both big and small.
Pray, too, that I am not the one you see on that fateful day...though, if you harmed me in this lifetime, I will be. That's a promise. And, I always keep mine. Perhaps it is better then to pray for mercy. For, I will show you the same kindness in that moment that you have shown me my whole life.