“In the intercourse of a violent life, hatred makes infant monsters of us all. We must never let that bastard child grow.”~Michael Kurcina
Once, while in a bar I was glassed over the head by a man who liked to waste a good pint of Guinness. I still have the head scar today. Like most cowards, he was okay trying to do damage, but unwilling to pay the price for the things he broke. While doing minor damage to me, his glass cut the ligaments in his hand. 4 against 2 was not the way to go. We were fighting for our lives. They lost we won, and he tried to sue. The case was dropped due to a smart investigator and eyewitness. I’m reminded of the character Elric of Melnibone by author Michael Moorcock. Elric, a world-weary immortal ruler possessed a sword called Stormbringer. It served as both his greatest asset and greatest disadvantage. The dark sword gave him strength, health, and fighting prowess but it had to be fed by the souls of intelligent beings. In the end, the blade took everyone close to Elric and eventually Elric’s soul too. Life confers us with differing abilities yet it is up to us to decide how we want to use them. Do we use what we have for good or do we use it for evil? Sometimes over the course of our life the damage we do to ourselves is greater than to any one person we mean to give it to. The tools we are given to effect good and meaningful change in this world are sometimes the instruments that bring our own physical, emotional or spiritual destruction. If we choose to fight, if we choose an opponent or a war then we must be willing to pay a price for what comes after and there is always a price to be paid. I advise you to restrain yourself if given the chance to do combat. Unleash hell if there are no other options. Smash it up. Smash them up, as if you were shattering glass. If your mind isn’t ready to deal with any fallout, you need to change your perspective; to deal with their pain and yours, so you can walk away in most cases without any guilt, physical injury or shame.
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Elric of Melniboné is a fictional character created by English writer Michael Moorcock and the protagonist of a series of sword and sorcery stories taking place on an alternative Earth. The proper name and title of the character is Elric VIII, 428th Emperor of Melniboné. Later stories by Moorcock marked Elric as a facet of the Eternal Champion.