Confucius Trumps Jesus on This One

Jesus preached: Turn the other cheek. Love you enemies. Repay cruelty with kindness. In the same vein, modern-day psychologists claim: There is no such thing as evil. Criminal behavior is a mental illness. Criminals should be treated for their sickness, not punished. Most can and should be rehabilitated.

Confucius, on the other hand, argued: If you repay injury with kindness, then what do you repay kindness with? Injury? Repay injury with justice, and kindness with kindness.

I, for one, hold with Confucius: Repay injury, cruelty, crime, and evil with justice. Kindness, compassion, generosity, and love, repay with the same.

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