To turn the cheek or not to turn?

Whosoever shall kiss thee on thy right cheek, turn to her the other also #MondayMorningWakeUpCall

Non_Violence

A kiss is mightier than a slap

Gandhiji’s philosophy of non-violence is often attributed through the quote from the Bible “Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also” And it has always come up for intense debate amongst the populace, not to mention, in my super busy head as well.

I don’t think there is any universal philosophy on non-violence that can be copy-pasted. Rather, like most moral existential conundrums in life, different situations demand different responses (NOT reactions).

I like Osho’s interpretation of non-violence:

“I will not say to you turn your other cheek if somebody hits you, no. Jesus can say it because he teaches humbleness. I cannot say that. I can only say one thing: let that moment decide. Sometimes perhaps you have to turn the other cheek. Sometimes perhaps you have to hit the man harder than he has hit you. Sometimes perhaps you have to hit him on both cheeks – but nothing can be given to you as a ready-made formula. It will depend on you, the person, the situation.

But act with awareness, then whatever you do is right.” Read full article here.

And even better, I like my philosophy on non-violence: Whosoever shall kiss thee on thy right cheek, turn to her the other also” after all “A kiss is mightier than a slap”

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