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“If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also”—
This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.
THAT makes a lot more sense, now, thank you.
I can attest to the original poster’s comments. A few years back I took an intensive seminar on faith-based progressive activism, and we spent an entire unit discussing how many of Jesus’ instructions and stories were performative protests designed to shed light on and ridicule the oppressions of that time period as a way to emphasize the absurdity of the social hierarchy and give people the will and motivation to make changes for a more free and equal society.
For example, the next verse (Matthew 5:40) states “And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.” In that time period, men traditionally wore a shirt and a coat-like garment as their daily wear. To sue someone for their shirt was to put them in their place - suing was generally only performed to take care of outstanding debts, and to be sued for one’s shirt meant that the person was so destitute the only valuable thing they could repay with was their own clothing. However, many cultures at that time (including Hebrew peoples) had prohibitions bordering on taboo against public nudity, so for a sued man to surrender both his shirt and his coat was to turn the system on its head and symbolically state, in a very public forum, that “I have no money with which to repay this person, but they are so insistent on taking advantage of my poverty that I am leaving this hearing buck-ass naked. His greed is the cause of a shameful public spectacle.”
All of a sudden an action of power (suing someone for their shirt) becomes a powerful symbol of subversion and mockery, as the suing patron either accepts the coat (and therefore full responsibility as the cause of the other man’s shameful display) or desperately chases the protester around trying to return his clothes to him, making a fool of himself in front of his peers and the entire gathered community.
Additionally, the next verse (Matthew 5:41; “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”) was a big middle finger to the Romans who had taken over Judea and were not seen as legitimate authority by the majority of the population there. Roman law stated that a centurion on the march could require a Jew (and possibly other civilians as well, although I don’t remember explicitly) to carry his pack at any time and for any reason for one mile along the road (and because of the importance of the Roman highway system in maintaining rule over the expansive empire, the roads tended to be very well ordered and marked), however hecould not require any service beyond the next mile marker. For a Jewish civilian to carry a centurion’s pack for an entire second mile was a way to subvert the authority of the occupying forces. If the civilian wouldn’t give the pack back at the end of the first mile, the centurion would either have to forcibly take it back or report the civilian to his commanding officer (both of which would result in discipline being taken against the soldier for breaking Roman law) or wait until the civilian volunteered to return the pack, giving the Judean native implicit power over the occupying Roman and completely subverting the power structure of the Empire. Can you imagine how demoralizing that must have been for the highly ordered Roman armies that patrolled the region?
Jesus was a pacifist, but his teachings were in no way passive. There’s a reason he was practically considered a terrorist by the reigning powers, and it wasn’t because he healed the sick and fed the hungry.
“It’s not my brain that’s writing the book, it’s these hands of mine.”— Madeleine L’Engle
When people ask me “As a castmember, do you have any recommendations or advice or little secret tricks for a trip to Disneyland?” I only ever have one response.
Seriously. If we give you a direction, do it. Its probably for your safety. The rides are perfectly safe so don’t insist on engaging in unsafe activity to ensure the safety of your child. We’ve got it covered, you don’t need to put yourself of your child in danger to PREVENT THEM FROM BEING IN DANGER. If a ride is down, we have no control over that. Don’t yell at us, its probably down for SAFETY reasons and will be back up as soon as, and not before, the ride has been fixed and is safe again.
Be nice to cast members, and we can make your day awesome. We can shower your small children with stickers and buttons and sometimes even free stuff if you’re nice enough and they’re adorable and not being little terrors. We can get you to the front of a ride, or score you a spare fastpass, or find you special seating at a show if you’re nice. We could coronate your little princess or knight your little prince, or vice versa. If there’s a problem, we can help you solve it. Literally all you have to do is be nice.
You don’t even have to be particularly wonderful. Just be understanding and calm, realize that we are also people and we’re just trying to do a very demanding and stressful job to the very best of our ability, realize that we’ve probably already been verbally harassed several times today and we’ve only been here for five minutes, and just be a decent person.
Do that, and you will have an awesome time at Disneyland, I guarantee it. Our job is to make the difference between a regular old trip to a theme park, and A SUPER DUPER ULTRA HAPPY MAGICAL FUNTIME HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH JOURNEY TO INFINITY AND BEYOND BECAUSE THEMEING!!!!!!!!! Let us do our job, and BE NICE.
This public service announcement has been brought to you by the silly lady who was convinced that her child was going to fall off of an attraction and die if she did not run alongside and make sure it was safe, which is ironically a very dangerous thing to do, and then called us stupid.