Empty Days

Sunday, July 04, 2004



The world of applied hatred.

The creepy gook janitor from the neighbouring building committed another act of vandalism on my bike, out of pure hatred no doubt - after slashing my tyres last summer, this time he just slashed the saddle with a cutter (notice the predilection of various international terrorists for such a simple and elegant thing as a cutter - a freudian might perhaps find something here though I am at a loss so far).

The question I have to now ask myself is not particular to the case of this crazy gook but almost universal: should I contain violence with violence or should I let it pass like I did last summer? It served me not, it would seem. Perhaps it simply depends on each specific situation.

I suppose I have to try a different approach and vandalize his car after all. It is not my style to vandalize other people's belongings - it will be a totally new experience in fact. But what other possibilities there are if the guy just can't contain himself? Since he can't, I will need to remind him that actions have consequences - repairing punctured tyres is not pleasant. He might understand that more acts of wanton neurotic vandalism might lead to the repeat of the unpleasantness - and desist. Or maybe not. It's hard to determine with very obsessed people. I suppose I will just have to try and see whether it works or not - including repeated action, in case of enraged retaliation.

It seems that sometimes one has to fight back, no matter what the violence involved. I don't really see myself playing Ghandi - first because I don't have a mass movement to support me, and second because the hatred this idiot-neighbour directs against me is not motivated by anything except his inherent craziness. It is irrational and I need to contain it somehow - the way of non-retaliation has failed.

What a world.





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