Portia's Poetry

There are times when we feel used, taken advantage of, trodden over. It is here where the Asian and American culture shows its greatest contrast. The American would undoubtedly fight it, claiming inherent rights under some obscure amendment in the Constitution while the Asian would suffer under its yoke, not wanting to raise so unsettling a ruckus. Yet, when push comes to shove, the seething bitterness is often more poisonous than outright rage.
I was just thinking the other day about people and their quirks. Sometimes we evaluate the decisions of others and are appalled at the lack of logic, so it seems.
<center>"How could anyone want to do it that way?" we think.</center>
Yet as we grow older we find more and more of these specimens. "This person's way of thinking is weird; that person seems to like to do things in that particular way; doesn't make any sense at all". The examples accumulate, and very soon they form a list that is substantially long.
It is then you look in the mirror and realise that you, not them, could be the "weird" one. Your logic and peculiarities are not, in all probability, the yardstick upon which the Universe was made. You're probably on the list of many others; the object of gossip. Your decisions and words shake many a head.
As Portia said,
<blockquote>The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as gentle rain from heaven
upon the place beneath.
It is twice blest;
it blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
Tis mightiest in the mightiest it becomes
the throned monarch better than his crown.
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
the attribute to awe and majesty
wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
but mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings;
it is an attribute to God himself;
and earthly power then show likest God's.</blockquote>
It would be premature of Shakespeare to imagine everyone rendered in awe by an act of mercy upon one who deserves little or none. The act of mercy itself would surely find its way unto someone's list of other's peculiarities and initiate a mass of rolling eyeballs.

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