posted on Jun, 13 2009 @ 09:51 PM
"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind" - Ghandi.
Let me start off by saying that there is a reason I started this thread relating to a agitating experience that I have just brought upon myself.
Today, I was taking the ACT (a test most colleges require for admission). One of the rules of the test is once a section is completed, not to go back
to it and fill in any bubbles for that section.
Well, being the wise man that I am, after a certain section, I re-mapped the question in my head, solved it, and filled in 1 out of 5 unanswered
questions left on the math portion of the test. Not to my knowledge, the instructor went around during the break and made checks to who had left over
problems (such as me).
Half way during the next section, she instructor came up to me, stated that I filled in a question from the previous section and dismissed me. I was
out 4 hours of my time, my morning, and 50 dollars. Yes I was quite upset.
BUT - I did cheat, and those are the rules. I broke the rules, and therefore face the consequences (that ACT being void).
The policy ACT enforces after such dealings is that I can still retake the ACT, and my conflict with the previous one has no impact on future
That alone made me see the difference in a lesson learned and a person punished. Holding an act like this against me for good would be career
threatening in the long term. All over a single bubble...
My point is this. I used to think that fairness is always the best way to go. I used to think an eye for an eye is how to stop the problems of the
world. After a minuscule, yet very infuriating, screw up like this, my own view on forgiveness changed all together.
What good is a lesson learned if that same lesson can not be taught to others? Killing the murderer, chopping the thieves hands off, all used to be
my "ideology", but after losing the morale high ground, that argument seems flawed to me.
Only when I felt that I was on top, or better than others, did I feel this ideology was correct. Even though to forgive someone might not be FAIR, it
is generally more productive, and better for everyone as a whole. There are exceptions (Hitler), but on a much lower level of indecency, I feel we
need to respect each others mistakes and instead of using them as walls; use them as stepping stones.
Argh....my stomach is still twisting after wasting my time answering 150 questions.