Can your heart beat forever?

Heart beat.

Within your chest beats a truly astonishing organ about the size of your fist—your heart.

Without pause, it pumps the blood that carries life-sustaining nourishment to your billions of body cells.

Of this pump, doctors in the book Your Heart observes:

“It is more efficient than any machine of any kind yet devised by humans.”

The forces involved in the design and construction of the heart are beyond human understanding.

At conception, for example, the blueprints for the heart, as well as all other body parts, are drawn up.

Amazingly, in a matter of minutes all the instructions are determined within the fertilized cell to make a new person!

No scientist knows how this is done.

Without observable direction, the original fertilized egg cell soon begins to divide, forming cells that are different from their predecessors.

Shortly, there are many different kinds of cells that start to form into various organs.

At three weeks the partly developed heart begins to beat, probably even before the mother-to-be knows that she is pregnant.

What causes these heart cells, which at first form only a straight tube, to begin to contract rhythmically?

“We are still a long way from finding the final answer,” admits Dr. Robert L. DeHaan who has been studying the subject for years.

What is known, however, is fascinating.

It inspires awe.

Consider, for example, this beat, or contraction, of the heart that forces blood out to the rest of the body.

Do you know what causes the heartbeat?

The remarkable control system

Heart anatomy.

Responsible is the amazing ability of the heart to generate electrical impulses.

Thus, if provided with oxygen and kept from drying out, the heart will continue to beat for a while even after it is removed from the body.

Within the heart there is a complex system for generating and regulating electrical impulses.

This remarkable control system is made up of special cells concentrated in groups in different parts of the heart.

A principal part of this system is a tiny comma-shaped structure called the sinoatrial node, or S-A node, a special tissue that is a cross between heart muscle and nerve cells.

This is the heart’s primary pacemaker, and so has been called the “spark plug” for the heart.

Here a regular series of electrical pulses are generated that travel through the heart and trigger its beat.

The basic rate of contraction generated by these sinoatrial node cells is about 70 beats per minute, the normal heart rate of most adults.

Another part of the heart’s control system is the atrioventricular node, or A-V node.

The electrical pulses from the sinoatrial node reach this part, where they are properly timed and regulated to assure good coordination of the heart’s pumping action.

Then from here these pulses move swiftly through other specialized conduction tissues, including one called the bundle of His, to the rest of the heart.

The atrioventricular node also has an inherent rhythm—about 50 beats per minute—somewhat slower than the sinoatrial node.

The impulse-generating function of this structure, however, is not utilized under normal conditions.

But in an emergency, if the sinoatrial node fails, the atrioventricular node can serve as a reserve pacemaker.

In addition, the bundle of His, along with yet other specialized conduction tissues, can serve as a last line of defense.

They, too, can initiate slow contractions of the heart, about 30 to 40 beats per minute, a rate that may sustain life.


How the system meets body needs?

Body system.

If you run to catch a bus, climb stairs, or exercise in a similarly strenuous way, the heart rate must increase to meet the body’s need for more nourishment.

What tells the heart to speed up?

How does it know the rate at which to beat to meet various body needs?

Signals coming through nerve connections from other parts of the body are particularly responsible.

During exercise, for example, your muscles need more oxygen; so they take an increased supply from the blood.

The decreased oxygen level of the blood triggers receptors in the arteries to send nerve signals to the brain.

Through nerve impulses, the brain, in turn, signals the heart to beat faster, thus providing more oxygen-carrying blood for your muscles.

However, the heart is not dependent solely on such nerve connections, as illustrated in the case of heart transplants.

In such operations the vagal and sympathetic nerve systems are severed, yet the transplanted heart continues to some extent to regulate its beat in response to the changing needs of the body.

The heart is able to respond directly to chemicals, such as adrenaline, received through the blood stream, and thereby “knows” when to speed up or slow down.

Truly, it is wondrous how the heart is designed to keep just the right amount of blood flowing through the body to meet its changing needs!

Amazing, too, are the many “backup” systems that can take over and compensate in emergencies.

No wonder doctors say the heart “is more efficient than any machine of any kind yet devised by man.”

A look at the heart’s tremendous capacity for work will no doubt astonish you further.

The heart’s capability

Picture of a heart.

An adult body contains some six quarts of blood, and about 60,000 miles (96,500 kilometers) of blood vessels, including tiny capillaries.

At its normal rate of about 70 beats per minute, the heart will pump some six quarts (6 liters) of blood every minute.

Think of it!

Your heart pushes your entire blood supply through your body in less than 60 seconds!

Under ordinary conditions, it pumps up to 10 tons of blood through your vessels daily.

Yet, at this rate, it is not even working very hard.

If yours is a physically fit heart, one trained by regular exercise, it may be capable of pumping as many as 30 quarts of blood or more a minute.

At that rate it is pushing your entire blood supply through your body about every 10 seconds!


Yes, your heart pumps so steadily and powerfully that every day it can push your blood through several thousand complete circuits of your body!

Such a marvelously organ may make you wonder:

Were humans originally meant to live for only 70 to 80 years or so and then die?

Could the heart beat indefinitely?


Can your heart beat forever?

Heart structure.

The heart, as well as the rest of the body, is designed quite differently from any machine made by men.

Machines of human design are made with permanent parts, which, of course, eventually wear out.

The human body, however, differs considerably in its makeup.

Thus, regardless of whether a person lives to 20 years of age, 80 years, 800 years, or forever, most of the materials in his body would be less than a year old.

Cell duplication theoretically should keep the body alive forever.

Medical researchers have, at times, drawn attention to this potential, noting that it is easier to explain why humans should live forever than why they should die.

Nevertheless, as time passes, the heart, along with the rest of the body, fails to maintain its ability systematically to replace its cells before they become defective and die.

Why?

Cell biologists have many theories.

But they do not really know for sure.

Obviously, something eventually goes wrong in the inner workings of cells, and those wearing out and dying are not always replaced by new ones through cell division.

So humans grow old and die.

If a correction could be made, and the right balance in cell replacement and renewal was maintained, humans could live forever.

However, humans are yet able to repair the malfunction.

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Why you should try flying a kite?

Flying a kite.

Kite flying can be fun

There is something about building and flying your own kite that gets into the blood.

The project carries you through planning, construction and control.

You are architect, contractor and pilot in rapid succession.

Start with sticks, paper and glue, a little string, add thought, work and a bit of exasperation; result—a kite, a glow of pride and the happy memory of a good afternoon’s flying.

And the fun isn’t at all spoiled if the kite ends in a tree.

"It flew, and I made it. And best of all, I made it fly."

This is how one kite-flying enthusiast describes this pastime.

And many folks around the world, young and old, feel just as he does.

On clear, windy days, depending on where you live, you might see evidence of their activities in the sky—colorful kites majestically soaring high in the sky.

If you live in Asia, you know that kites in flight are a common sight.

In other places, they are rarely seen.

But whenever you do see one aloft, you cannot help but wonder who is at the end of that string controlling the kite.

Is it some chubby, red-haired, freckle-faced boy in sneakers and a striped T-shirt?

Or is it an old man tugging at the line with a twinkle of pride in his eyes?

Perhaps it is a father introducing his children to this delightful pastime.

Whoever it is, you know that he or she must surely be having fun flying that kite!

How does a kite fly?

Flying a kite on the beach.

Have you ever wondered how a kite flies?

A number of intricate aerodynamic factors help to make this happen.

Simply stated, when the air pressure under a kite is greater than that above it, it stays up.

If the pressure above it becomes greater, then it drops.

But how do you get a kite off the ground?

A long string or line that you hold is attached to short strings on the kite’s underside.

This keeps it from flying away in the wind.

It also acts as a stabilizer allowing you to hold the kite steady in position.

Kites are best launched in open, breezy places.

Walking or running a short distance against the wind, while you hold the line with the kite trailing behind, usually gets a kite elevated.

The kite’s tilt makes it climb because its front edge is pushed against the wind.

Kites may be made in a variety of shapes and sizes.

But they will not fly if they are not properly constructed to meet the demands of flight.

The use of one or several short strings that are connected to a kite’s wooden frame is vital.

These strings, tied to the long line that you hold, allows the kite to adjust itself to the varying air currents in the sky.

Also, a tail, hanging at the rear end of most kites, provides a weight that keeps the kite tilted upward so that it can get the benefit of the upward thrust of the wind flowing past its underside.

Perhaps all of this has made you curious as to how kite flying ever got started.

When was the kite invented?

Picture of still kites.

Interestingly, kite flying is not a newly invented pastime.

People have been flying kites for thousands of years.

Some believe that a Greek fellow named Archytas, who lived in the fourth century B.C.E., assembled the first one.

But it appears that the Asiatic peoples were flying kites long before his time.

The Koreans, for example, claim that in the dim past a general of theirs invented the kite to encourage his troops.

It is said that he attached a lantern to one, and while it was flying aloft, his soldiers thought it was a new star and a sign of divine help.

The Chinese, on the other hand, claim that a wise man or general of theirs made the first kite.

They say that he attached bamboo sounding devices to a number he made and flew them over a camp of enemy soldiers late at night.

The wind passing through the bamboo devices produced eerie sounds.

The enemy fled, thinking that they were voices of guardian angels warning them of impending danger.

Actually, no one knows who put together the first kite or the year it was made.

But it is established that they were well known in China by the fourth century B.C.E.

Kites have had many more uses than that of amusing youngsters on high and windy hillsides.

They have played a part in man’s eventually inventing the airplane.

He used kites in repeated tests in his search to understand the principles governing flight.

You probably know about Benjamin Franklin’s kite-and-key experiment with lightning.

In this case a kite helped to prove that lightning and electricity are the same.

However, Franklin took a most dangerous risk, for he could easily have been electrocuted had lightning struck that brass key.

Also, kites have played a role in bridge building, photography, radio communication, weather observation, and even in war when they were used to carry a human high above ground to spy on enemy movements.

Perhaps most surprising to western minds is the fact that kites have also been and still are used in connection with religious beliefs.


Kite religious significance

Picture of a religious kite.

Ancient people attached religious meanings to kites.

They viewed them as symbols of an external soul; as things closely connected with gods and heroes.

They also felt that they were a means of contacting the heavenly regions.

This is illustrated by the kite beliefs of the Polynesians.

To them, they represented gods.

And one hero of theirs is said to have gone to heaven in the form of a kite, singing a kite song in his upward journey.

Koreans marked their kites with such slogans as ‘bad luck away, good luck stay.’

Then they would let these fly away in the belief that the flier of the kite was now relieved of ill luck.

No one who came across such a kite fallen to the ground would touch it, for fear that its former owner’s misfortunes would befall him.

The Chinese have a holiday that falls in September that is called Kites’ Day or The Festival of Ascending on High.

Young and old scurry to breezy high places to fly their various-shaped kites.

When they are done, they do not reel the kite in but let it go, string and all.

They believe, like the Koreans, that sickness, evil and bad luck will be carried away with the kite.

And there are those that employ musical kites in the belief that their plaintive sounds will frighten away evil spirits.

They often keep such kites in flight all night long over their houses.

However in most lands, most people fly kites for fun.

And if you live there, you might enjoy this pleasure without any religious motives attached to it.


Benefits and dangers of flying a kite

Girls flying kites.

Flying a kite in the fresh air benefits one’s health.

The running and walking involved are good exercise.

Also, it broadens your knowledge of some flight principles and weather factors.

This increases appreciation of nature.

Further, building kites develops skill.

They may be simple and inexpensive to make but they will not fly if they are not made properly.

Books, available in public libraries, show plans for many different kinds.

Families can join in a kite-construction project, thereby drawing members closer together.

And it is not confined to one season.

Some free time on a cold wintry evening or rainy day can be used to assemble the kite.

Painting designs on them stimulates the family’s artistic imagination.

Finally, on a windy day in spring, summer or fall, the family can share in the fun-filled adventure of flying their own kite.

But there are dangers.

It is unwise to fly kites near airfields, as the kites can be a menace to airplanes.

Wire or metal should never be used in kite construction.

This can attract lightning.

Kites should never be flown in thunderstorms nor near telephone poles, transmission towers or high-voltage wires.

A wet line or one made of wire may bring sudden death.

With a little caution, if you live in an area where kites are not viewed religiously, you may find out for yourself that flying a kite can be fun.

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Why and how to grow a vegetable garden?

Picture of fresh vegetables.

The price of food in markets is going only one direction—upward!

To cope with this problem, more and more families are growing gardens.
But gardens are on the increase for more than economic reasons.

Office workers find that ‘getting next to the soil’ by working in a garden provides a pleasant change of pace from their usual schedule.

Another major reason that people have turned to gardening is to provide more nutritious, better-tasting vegetables for their table.

A garden has definite benefits for youngsters too.

It can be used to teach them a sense of responsibility, the need to care regularly for what is assigned to them.

Learning to identify various plants broadens a child’s knowledge and makes him alert to the wide variety of plant life that beautifies our earthly home.

How does one grow one’s own garden?

There are a number of hints and practical suggestions, which, if not already known and followed, can help to make even one’s first garden a productive success.

Size of your garden

Picture of a small vegetable garden.

First, the size of the garden must be considered.

A man with a large family may want a fairly large garden to provide fresh vegetables at cheaper cost.

However, he may also have a very demanding job and other responsibilities calling for his attention. So he must consider:

Will the garden yield enough to be worth the time and energy to take care of it, as well as the money that must be invested?

He may decide on a smaller plot than what he originally had in mind.

Of course, the size of the garden will also be determined by the amount of land that is available.

Families with spacious backyards can probably find a convenient sun-drenched spot for a productive vegetable garden.

The nearer to the house that it is located the greater the likelihood that the garden will get attention during free moments that family members may have during the day.

Even those living in more confined circumstances can often arrange to have a garden.

Small strips of ground running along a driveway might be cultivated.

Or a trellis with bean or tomato vines can be placed along a wall or up over a patio.


Mobile-home dwellers can cultivate crops under the edges of their trailer on the sunny side, and city apartment-house residents can have rooftop and window-box gardens.

Enterprising people have found other ways to get land for a garden.

One family placed an advertisement in a local newspaper asking if anyone had land on which they could grow crops.

They received a number of responses and finally chose a large plot of very fertile soil located just a few blocks from their home.

Actually, however, a large garden may produce less than a smaller one.

Why?

Because the well-chosen smaller plot may have better soil.


A word about soil

Picture of hands holding a plant and soil.

Essentially there are three types of soil.

The finest of these for growing vegetables is loam.

Why?

Because loam is rich in humus, an organic matter from living things that have died, decayed and returned to the soil.

Loam is dark, soft and crumbly.

While it holds water, it also allows for drainage and is fairly easy to dig.

The other two primary types of soil, clay and sand, are not so richly endowed.


But with hard work and the addition of proper nutrients to these soils, some vegetables can usually be made to grow in them.

For instance, consider clay.

It is usually light colored and consists of very tiny particles.

These stick together, making for poor drainage.

But if sand, peat moss and bone meal, as well as other soil nutrients, are mixed into clay, it may become suitable for growing crops.

Similarly, sand, the opposite of clay and coarse in structure, may require special working, but some vegetables can definitely be made to grow in it.

Asparagus, for instance, actually prefers a somewhat sandy soil.

More likely than not your soil is a combination of the three basic kinds.

A nursery expert can probably give you exact advice about how best to treat whatever soil you will be using.

Even if you have the best soil in your garden, it will produce well only if it is properly prepared.

Views vary as to how this is best accomplished.

Ideally, according to many gardeners, soil to be sown in the spring should be partially readied the previous autumn.

If it is thoroughly spaded and turned to a depth of about one foot, moisture will sink in during the winter months.

Fertilizer can be worked into the ground at the same time; this serves to condition the soil.

A growing organic-gardening movement advocates avoiding chemical fertilizers.

Such gardeners use only organic material such as animal manure and compost as fertilizer.

At one time organic materials were available only from farms.

But today treated organic fertilizer can often be bought at nurseries as easily as chemical varieties.

Too, some gardeners who live in the city have found that organic fertilizers can be obtained at little or no cost.

In most cities there are horse stables and zoos that often allow gardeners to take or buy animal droppings for fertilizing purposes.

Then there is treated sludge.

When mixed with grass clippings or straw, sludge can serve as excellent fertilizer. It may be obtained from sewage plants.

The fertilizer applied to many beautiful golf courses is actually nothing more than sludge that is sold under a trade name and at a high cost.

If you prepare the soil at the time of the growing season, it may be a little harder to work.

Weeds should be pulled and the ground turned as soon as it is dry enough.

Then a treated fertilizer might be added. It is usually not wise to add fresh manure at this time, as it is likely to burn the plants.

The surface of the soil can then be raked level to prevent hollows where water will collect.

Knowing where your garden will be located and something about the soil puts you in position to determine what vegetables can be grown in it.


Choosing and planting vegetables

Picture of a gardener planting.

A perusal of seed catalogs will reveal that a wide variety of plants are available for any garden.

Obviously you will give preference to vegetables that your family particularly enjoys eating.

If the children are allowed to share in selecting garden vegetables, you may find that they feel more involved in the project and thus readily cooperate in taking care of the garden as it grows.

But there are other matters to consider.

Why not select those vegetables that ordinarily cost more at the market or those that have a large number of uses?

Some families choose to grow tomatoes, not only because they are expensive where they live, but also because tomatoes have a wide variety of uses.

They can be served fresh in salads or can be canned, juiced, cooked and made into purees and pastes for sauces.

A wise choice of vegetables for your garden may also later furnish a mutual protection by warding off certain insects.

For instance, beans and potatoes make good’ “companions” in the garden.

Why?

Because beans drive away Colorado potato beetles, and potatoes protect the beans from the Mexican bean beetle.

Tomatoes and asparagus are another wise combination.

Once you know where the garden will be situated and its size and which vegetables you will be growing in it, then you might work up a simple plan on paper, showing which plants you will be growing in each part of the garden.

Take into consideration the amount of space that is needed between rows of each type of vegetable.

Since some vegetables, like radishes, lettuce, scallions and early cabbage, ripen early, you would want them conveniently located in the garden, easy to get at as they mature.

Also, you would want any larger plant, like corn, to be situated so that it does not block out needed sunlight from smaller plants.

Plant your garden according to your plan, carefully placing seeds at the correct distance from one another and at the right depth in the soil.

Once the garden is planted it will need regular attention.

Caring for the garden

Picture of a watering jelly can.

Usually a weekly hoeing will keep the garden free of weeds.

This process also creates a thin dust mulch on the surface of the ground, and this aids in the conservation of water.

It is wise to avoid cultivating the soil when it is wet, as this causes lumps to form and these harden as they dry.

Be careful, too, when hoeing near the roots of plants so as not to damage these.

As to watering, it is ordinarily best to give plants a good watering once or twice each week.

A thorough soaking, allowing the water to penetrate four to six inches, is better for the plants than frequent shallow watering.

Frequent light watering can have an adverse effect, drawing the feeding roots of the plants up to near the surface.

However, plant roots should penetrate deeply so that they will not be scorched by the sun.

Thus, proper watering is essential to have healthy crops.

Insect pests are a major problem for many gardeners.

There are a number of relatively safe dusting powders on the market for killing insects.

If used as directed, the gardener and his pets, as well as the plants, will not be harmed.

Here, again, however, more and more gardeners prefer what they call “natural ways” to dispose of bugs.

Some gardeners make their own safe sprays.

For instance, they grind up several long pods of hot peppers and then add an equal measure of water and a small amount of plain dishwashing detergent (to make the mixture cling); this serves to discourage chewing insects.

Others have used molasses diluted in 50 parts of water as a spray.

Some, too, have made concoctions that include various mixtures of ground onions, garlic, mint and geranium leaves, chives, turnips, cayenne pepper and cauliflower seeds.


Enjoy your garden

Picture of vegetables just harvested.

In time your hard work will pay off—vegetables will appear!

Carefully watch to be sure that they do not get overly ripe before you harvest them.

Peas are delicious if picked at the right time; but they get hard if kept on the vine too long.

Staying too long on the vine also makes string beans “stringy.”

Picking the crops that you have planted and patiently cared for and then watching as your family enjoys eating them bring much satisfaction.

Most gardeners consider this satisfaction the finest reward for growing a vegetable garden.

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How to live peacefully with your neighbors?

Picture of neighbors.

To pursue peace with others, you first need to be at peace with yourself.

To love your neighbor you must love yourself.

Not because you’re perfect.

You know you aren’t.

You have flaws, make mistakes, feel guilty.

You know all of this.

But you also know that you are sorry about your shortcomings, seek forgiveness for them, determine to do better, and in this way rid yourself of burdensome guilt feelings.

Out of the abundance of our heart we speak and act.

If our heart is filled with guilt's and recriminations, such negative feelings will be unlovingly projected onto others.

To love others you must have some feeling of self-worth, self-respect, be able to accept yourself.

Even be able to laugh at yourself.

Loving yourself in this way, you have no inner turmoil to sour your relations with others.

With this inner security, you do not feel threatened by others and can show kindly concern.

To reach out peacefully to others, you must have peace within yourself.

In the stressful hustle and bustle of this modern world, however, internal peace is threatened, and the gentle art of being neighborly is disappearing.

People face one another like turtles with heads withdrawn, peering out from the safety of their shells, afraid to stick their necks out.

Relaxed friendliness has lost out to fear and loneliness.

It is regrettable, but understandable, considering the perilous times in which we live.

Nevertheless, if a person takes the initiative to be friendly, his effort is usually met with a pleasant response.

To speak to a neighbor you pass on the sidewalk, to pause for a few words with someone working in his front yard, to chat briefly with someone as you sit on a park bench—such moments can be enjoyable interludes.

There are guidelines we can follow to make such occasions pleasurable and bring added peace to our human relationships.

Consider a few of them:


1.  Be a good listener


Show respect. Look at the one talking to you.

If your eyes wander elsewhere, the message that you’re sending to him is, ‘I’m not interested in you or in what you’re saying.’

You probably do not mean that.

So listen to what he is saying and respond specifically to it.

Do not interrupt, unless it is to ask for details or to raise appropriate questions. Listen so as to understand him, his thinking, his position, his feelings.

Listen not only with your ears but also with your heart.

2.  Communicate, converse


To communicate means “to transmit information, thought, or feeling so that it is satisfactorily received or understood.”

Be clear and concise, not wordy or rambling.

Be sure the other person understands your point.

To converse means “to exchange thoughts and opinions in speech.”

Conversing is not a lecturing; it’s an exchange. When you’ve made a point, listen to the other’s reply.

You are a listener when someone is relating an experience or giving a report. In a conversation you are a participant.

Contribute to it, and allow others to do likewise.

And be flexible, open to new ideas.

A preconceived viewpoint, dogmatically held, blinds your eyes, deafens your ears, and hardens your heart.

3.  Be friendly, honest, caring


Don’t be timid.

Reach out to others.

Your friendliness will usually draw a similar response from them.

Feelings are contagious.

Feel what you want others to feel.

Act as you want others to act.

Treat others as you want to be treated.

Sow what you want to reap.

Be yourself.

Be honest.

Be genuinely interested in others, caring about others, being of service to others.

4.  Give others attention


In one of Booth Tarkington’s novels, he told of a group of children romping on the front lawn.

One of the characters, Little Orvie, feeling he was not getting his share of the attention, started running and jumping and crying out, “Now watch me! Now watch me!”

Adults are not so obvious about it, but they too want attention.

Small babies and the elderly may even die without it.

So look at people, listen to them, notice them!

Get acquainted with your neighbors, be friendly, admire their dog, their rosebush, their new dress—but always in sincerity, never just for a calculated effect.

5.  Avoid criticism


It’s invariably futile.

It wounds pride and rouses resentment.

It comes as an attack and puts people on the defensive.

They seek to justify themselves and retaliate against you.

Criticize, and you walk on eggs.

Remember, people are more often emotional than logical, especially when they are under attack—and that is how they view criticism.

Instead of condemning, seek to understand.

Words of encouragement work wonders.

See their good points rather than focusing on their flaws.


6.  Wisely give advice


Be warm, friendly, loving.

Let him talk first and at length. Learn why he thinks or acts as he does.

Be sympathetic to his desires.

See his point of view.

Discern the emotional reasons behind his conduct.

Let it be known that you too make mistakes, that you share imperfection with him.

Confine your advice to the point at issue.

Tailor it to this individual, kindly helping him to see the point, and speak tactfully.

Give positive reinforcement, praise improvement.

7.  Have empathy, show It


This means you must be able to put yourself in the other person’s place.

Sense his needs.

Feel as he feels.

How would you want to be treated if you were in his place?

This is not easy.

In some cases it is impossible to put your feelings of empathy into words—it can only be done with tears.


8.  No evil for evil


Do not ‘do unto others as they do unto you,’ as some pervert the golden rule to say.

Rather, do not return evil for evil, but conquer evil with good.

This is not impractical theorizing; it is human nature.

A soft answer turns away wrath.

Turning the other cheek may halt the onslaught.

As the coals banked around ancient furnaces melted the metal from the ore, so your returning good for evil may soften your adversary’s anger and cause it to melt away, thereby conquering it.

On the other hand, you may continue to suffer from his evildoing, but you did what you could to promote peace.

You were true to yourself, to your principles.

You did not allow the evildoer to turn you into a doer of evil.

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