Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Peace, Happiness, and Little Fluffy Bunnies

Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold.

Just how cold do they mean? Cold, like leftovers? If your angry avenger waits too long for the dish to cool down, won't you just give up, make yourself a sandwich* and go to bed?

Or do they mean to freeze it? Like Baked Alaska, maybe. Or maybe a nice cold Spamcicle! Obviously, a lot of the end effect depends pretty heavily on the ingredients here. In any case it requires a fair amount of effort.

I've always taken the old adage to mean that you shouldn't avenge yourself on someone until the passion has cooled. But that's just stupid. If you've really calmed down and you're not angry anymore, why get revenge at all? Why not just let it go? You don't care. Let bygones be bygones, and that generally means not knifing someone in the guts over something they did to you twenty years ago, because frankly? That's kind of psycho.

Perhaps it just means you should only take vengeance in winter. If that's the case, and you live in Texas, you can pretty much forget about it. You'd have to organize your life so that unforgivable offenses to you only take place in, say, late November. If you have that much control, you could probably just get everybody to treat you decently in the first place.

Personally, I think we should all just get along.

*Poof! You're a sandwich!

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