What Did Jesus Mean?
Most of us know of the "turn the other cheek" quotation from "The" Bible. Most think it advocates passivity as an example of a higher path. I heard that, too, but when a friend shared the following insight I took pause.
My Sikh friend said that in the time of Jesus soldiers would "smite" Jews on the cheek for cause or for NO cause, just because they were the toughest that day and to prove they were in charge. After the blow the person was allowed to proceed, presumably to retell how tough the soldiers were, BUT if the smitten kitten squawked about it, they were SLAIN. Jesus, therefore, said to take a second blow on the other cheek if they had to so at least you'd live. Different spin on the same valid teaching.
In case I wasn't convinced on the idea of one friend, I was taught by a Holy Man, my Guru, that the advice given was valid AT THAT TIME, but not today. In fact, this usually conciliatory, non-confrontational teacher [alive in THESE times] said words to the effect that if you see a bully is about to hit you, HIT HIM FIRST!!!!
Recent to the writing of this story I posted a Question about people's interpretations on the meaning of "turn the other cheek". The answer I picked, closest to confirming what I just articulated, was that the advice would be seen as feckless today if followed, which you could think about while picking up your teeth from the street. Very intuitive!
BTW, in keeping with the usual nonsense on EP, one wiseass answered my question disrespectfully and I found myself unable to converse with them about it as they had already "blocked" me. I continue to be astounded at the ego size of several like this who won't allow me to message or even answer their question but have the chutzpah to think I should tolerate their "wisdom", wisecracks or other disrespect on questions I post. There are SO many of these on EP that many, many others have written repeatedly about it I so hereby confirm 1) I deleted this latest "blocker answer" [they were able to answer because I've not blocked them or anybody ever] 2) I've deleted others at other times, and 3) you can rest assured any such monkeys who post to this story will be sent to cyber-hell via the delete key.
Pax vo biscum...