The older I get, the easier I find it to turn the other cheek when I’m intentionally wronged by others. There was a time, I found it damn near impossible to do so. With every betrayal that I found myself on the unpleasant end of, I’d begin to confuse my life with The Count of Monte Cristo’s. With each new enemy acquired, there I was reading The Art of War again. I wish I was kidding.
While it’s not quite as simple as “do right today, be rewarded tomorrow”, just like those who do wrong may live consequence-free for years to come — the total sum of our thoughts, intentions, actions, and words are ultimately calculated by a force very few people seem to understand. Mainly because they don’t believe in it, despite the overwhelming amount of evidence that surrounds them, which they call their lives.
What we carry in our heads and hearts, eventually becomes what’s written in our histories. This is because we become who and what we spend the majority of our time thinking about and obsessing over. Stress, worry, and negativity bring more of the same — just as joy, positivity, and love do.
I don’t feel the need to devise devious and complicated plans of revenge when I’m wronged today and this is because I know what the perpetrator has coming to them down the line, as long as I keep my hands out of it. The universe settles all scores, with the exception of the ones we try and even on our own.
I have seen this philosophy of mine prove itself to be true, time and time again — both in my own life as well as in life in general. There’s simply no escaping it. What goes around, comes around. God don’t like ugly. Karma’s a — well — you know the rest I assume. Call this force what you want, just don’t count it out or minimize it.
When we do wrong, we get wrong. When we do right, we get more of the same back. It may take hours, days, weeks or years but there is no escaping it.
This is good news for those of us who choose to do good. They say no good deed goes unpunished and I know it can feel like that sometimes. All that is, is this force testing us. Are we really good and out to produce more of the same or are we just trying to rig the system? When we are let down, insulted, deceived and stolen from — do we have the ability to keep our hands clean?
While this example will come off as extreme to some and possibly offensive to others, it’s worth mentioning so here goes nothing. Have you ever heard of “The Curse of The Kennedy’s”? Most people, especially Americans, have.
However, what some are probably less familiar with is the family’s beginnings and it’s total history.
Most of us know what a celebrated President John F. Kennedy was, as well as how shocked and shattered his assassination left an entire country and then some. However, they don’t teach you what a horrible person his father was, in the American school system. Few ever read the quote I did from the notorious gangster and mob boss Al Capone — in which he referred to Joseph Kennedy Sr. — father of both John and Robert Kennedy — as “The biggest crook he ever met in his entire life”.
That is quite a bold statement coming from a man who was known to serve up murder without a second thought.
Like Capone, Joe Kennedy Sr. too was a bootlegger during prohibition and his list of transgressions hardly stops there. He was a politician who was known for corruption and back door dealings which benefited him and his family. Anything to protect the Kennedy name and reputation is what he did.
Joe and his wife gave birth to a baby girl named Rosemary Kennedy on September 13th, 1918. Unfortunately she was born intellectually disabled and as a result, her father decided to arrange a lobotomy for her when she was 23 years old, which only further incapacitated her, leaving her unable to walk and speak well. Her father then institutionalized her, as to not tarnish the family name and reputation. She remained institutionalized until she passed away at the age of 86 — a fate few deserve.
I strongly suggest scrolling through the family’s history, for anyone interested. They were struck with inexplicable tragedy after the next over a 75-year span. Again, how much evidence must we be provided with before we stop naively believing in coincidences? There is much more at work than randomness, both in the Kennedy family history and life as a whole.
Perhaps, it was the “crimes of our father” philosophy at work. Is it not possible that Joe Kennedy Sr. was as big of a crook as Capone claimed and therefore life returned to him, the exact amount of pain he was himself responsible for distributing as he saw fit, amongst others?
I’m not claiming any of the Kennedy’s deserved the cruel fate they were served, only that perhaps it was the actions and character of the patriarch which was responsible for so much of their pain.
Capone would also not escape the sum of his own actions, as after being released from prison on tax evasion charges, ultimately thanks to a sympathetic judge — syphilis he had contracted years earlier would lead to a slow onset of dementia after his release. In the end, he’d hardly remember his own name, let alone his legacy — before eventually suffering a stroke in January of 1941 and passing away from heart failure, as a result, three days later.
The universe or whatever you choose to call this force is far better at serving justice then we’ll ever be — we just have to be in tune with it. It takes a certain clarity to see the synchrony between our thoughts, intentions, actions, and circumstances but I assure you, whether you see it or believe in it or not — it’s all interconnected. One feeds the other and flows into the next, it’s simply inevitable.
Find something good to believe in and see if your life doesn’t change for the better in due time. Go help a stranger later and see if it doesn’t come back exponentially one day, when you need it most. It’s just how it works. I’ve seen it in action far too many times to believe in coincidences. It’s all energy and it all comes back to us, one way or another.
Post Edit: Weeks after I wrote and published this, yet another Kennedy has tragically passed away, as Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Saoirse Kennedy was found dead early this morning at the age of 22 — from what appears to be a drug overdose. My heart goes out to the Kennedy family.