This week, Johnny chose the theme: Spite – Is it always a negative? While babysitting at the neighbor’s this afternoon, staring into a baby’s fresh innocent eyes, it’s clear that spite must be a learned behavior which can be overcome from within. It is said that all human emotions stem from either love or fear, yet we’re born with innate love and instinctual fear, both necessary for survival. Since we are an embodied spirit living a physical existence, we can not dismiss any experience positive or negative if we wish to learn from it. Our actions and choices are relative to our level of consciousness, so to answer Johnny – it depends on what we want to accomplish. Be warned however that spite has a way of boomeranging! 😉
From Mozart’s opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620, the Queen of the Night (Königin der Nacht) aria: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen. A scene where the spiteful queen threatens her daughter Pamina to kill Sarastro, the Queen’s rival.
Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen,
(Hells Revenge boils in my heart,)
Tot und Verzweiflung flammet um mich her!
(Death and despair flame about me!)
Fühlt nicht durch dich Sarastro
(If Sarastro does not through you feel)
(The pain of death,)
So bist du meine Tochter nimmermehr.
(Then you will be my daughter nevermore.)
Verstossen sei auf ewig,
(Isolated will you be forever,)
Verlassen sei auf ewig,
(Abandoned you will be forever,)
Zertrümmert sei’n auf ewig
Alle Bande der Natur
(All the bonds of nature,)
Wenn nicht durch dich
(If not through you)
Sarastro wird erblassen!
(Sarastro becomes pale as death!)
(Hear, Gods of Revenge,)
Hoert der Mutter Schwur!
(Hear a Mother’s oath!)
From the comedy Little Nicky with Adam Sandler, the son of the devil is tasked with retrieving his spiteful brothers back to hell. Disturbed – Stupify (Fu’s Forbidden Little Nicky Remix) Lyrics
How can we learn from our spiteful actions, or should we just go Numb – U2 Lyrics
Or does spite drain our spirit and soul… Odetta Sings “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”
Perhaps before we act rashly, Take That – Patience Lyrics
At the end of the day, we need each other! U2 – Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own Lyrics
Thanks for listening! 🙂