I believed in it.
It was my way of defining my revenge. All thanks to Frank Sinatra.
Yes, he does mean what he says – the best form of revenge is massive success. But lately I’m believing that it is misplaced.
While my inclination towards Gandhian philosophy and Ahimsa increasing, I am starting to think that the notion of ‘revenge’ itself is outdated. I feel more comfortable letting it go away than harboring it.
I also took inspiration from the Bible, the New Testament,
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”
~ Matthew 5:43-45, The Bible
Matthews redefines commandment from the Old Testament and suggesting to love even one’s enemies. What an enlightment! Interestingly, Subramanya Bharathi, saintly heroic Tamil poet and freedom figher says,
பகைவனுக் கருள்வாய் — நன்னெஞ்சே பகைவனுக் கருள்வாய்.
This literally translates to ‘Love thy enemy – Oh Good Heart! Love thy enemy!’ To paraphrase the explanation from Lyrical Delights: ‘Courage is not just standing against the evil. The true courage comes when you are able to wish for the blessing to the enemy! Here is what the brave poet speaks to his heart. He explains why to love thine enemy. For the lack of love / compassion to the enemy will only lead to the downfall of self. And he also says that as the shell hoards the beautiful pearl, there would be good in everyone. Find the pearl in every plain shell so life is filled with love, goodness and betterment.’
So the best revenge need not be ‘massive success’ – but simply wishing good life to all, even your enemies.