The subtleties…

Matthew 7:6: Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

I recently realized that the most important part of this verse is the last 6 words.

No good deed goes unpunished.

Crappy people view getting away with betraying someone’s trust as a good thing. They’ll bite the hand that feeds them and run away with a free lunch, acting like you were a fool for letting them get away with it. They don’t realize that all they’ve really done is ruin something much more important. But they’re selfish animals… It’s sad that it has to be explained to them in selfish terms, that they had much more to gain from not acting that way… Is not the value of friendship with a genuine soul not good enough?

You can’t force human garbage to become respectable. If they want to behave in that manner; let them. Let them talk their trash and spread their lies. Let them take what little they manage to take; they’re going to need it. Let them call you a fool for it. Let them prove their bankruptcy of character to all who will listen to their bragging… You don’t have to say a word. You can disappear for months and they’ll do all the unpleasantness in your absence. Even if you try to stop them, they’ll hang themselves on their own words; convinced that being trash and proving it beyond all doubt is a thing of which to be proud.

There is so much written in this single sentence. I was just paying attention to the wrong part. It’s not about labeling people as garbage. Some things are just fact. If people want to be human garbage, they will be. Identifying it is not the same as passing judgment. It’s about saving yourself the trouble of what garbage will do. No good can come of it. Do not give of yourself to the undeserving, they’re only going to squander it and stab you in the back.

It’s similar to the Native American parable of the Fox and the Scorpion. Even to its own destruction, the nature of the Scorpion is to sting.

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