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Single Idea 6288

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / c. Justice]

Full Idea

Ye have heard it said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth; But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Gist of Idea

Don't resist evil, but turn the other cheek


Jesus (reports [c.32]), quoted by St Matthew - 01: Gospel of St Matthew 05.38-9

Book Reference

'The Bible', ed/tr. the Church [Collins 1950], p.459

A Reaction

Compare Socrates, Idea 346. The viciousness of many Hollywood movies is that they set up a character as thoroughly evil so that we can have the pleasure of watching him pulverised. On the whole, Jesus gives bad advice. 'Doormats' in game theory.

Related Idea

Idea 346 One ought not to return a wrong or injury to any person, whatever the provocation [Socrates]