(SPOILERS FOR WALKING DEAD AND ONCE UPON A TIME.)
I’m taking a lesson from this past Sunday’s WALKING DEAD and ONCE UPON A TIME. In ONCE, Snow White previously took a potion that erased the aching love she had for Prince Charming. Without that love, her heart grows colder until she comes to the conclusion that she has to kill the Evil Queen. But Snow is warned that if she goes through with her plan then she will be even more evil than the queen.
In THE WALKING DEAD, Rick has to deal with the aftermath of what he did to Shane. Two episodes ago, Rick has been led into the forest by Shane where he concludes that Shane is going to kill him. Rick calms Shane down, and when you think there is going to be some reconciliation from Rick reasoning with Shane, Rick whips out a knife and checks Shane right in the gut. Now, in the finale, Rick has become untrustworthy by his family and the group in general; exactly the role that Shane had for most of the second season.
I found it interesting that these two shows portrayed almost the same story moral – don’t seek revenge and kill your enemy for the wrong reason. Again, I’m not saying kill your enemy for ANY reason, but I will use this metaphor to illustrate the lesson of seeking Justice, not revenge.
It’s an old lesson in fiction that seeking and exacting revenge on your enemy eventually turns you into the enemy. I believe that is based in reality. Rick, in stabbing and killing Shane in an unscrupulous way left him confused, hurt and angry. By the end of this last episode, Rick has all but lost it, turning his leadership into more of a dictatorship.
The lessons for all you nerds out there that are wanting to ‘get back’ at somebody? I suggest finding the right way to do it, as in seeking justice. Vengeance makes you petty (unless your Ghost Rider). Don’t turn yourself into the person that you dislike. Try to find a more intelligent strategy for getting your just due. It might be finding a superior to talk to. Or get the law involved if necessary. Suing can work wonders I’ve heard. Or you can actually use the old ‘Forgive thy Neighbor’ move; it has worked on occasion. Anyway, unless you’re stuck in a Zombie apocalypse, and your best friend is an idiot, or you’re suffering from magic potion induced schizophrenia, try to take the higher road so that you don’t find yourself up the creek.