The Vulgarity of Vitriol

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vitriol
adj
1. Of or pertaining to sulphur; as, a sulphuric smell.
2. (Chem.) Derived from, or containing, sulphur; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence as contrasted with the
sulphurous compounds; as, sulphuric acid.

adj.
1. Of, similar to, or derived from a vitriol.
2. Bitterly scathing; caustic: vitriolic criticism.

[1913 Webster]

Imagine for a moment a person who preaches love, forgiveness, compassion, and many of the other beautiful things taught by the myriads of prophets through the centuries. This “preacher” might be dynamic and may even sound as if they’ve got it all together.

Now imagine if you will, a man who puts people down for their beliefs, but this person also belittles and castigates people for not donating money to help pay his bills. Maybe the person blogs about how others can do nothing more than spew vitriolic expressions towards him, though of course he must do likewise in defense. Perhaps this person is also unable to forgive, or act with compassion towards those who he “views” as having wronged him, though in reality nothing could be further from the “truth”.

Now, combine the two images, the first one of the loving compassionate teacher, and the one below that of the horrifying and even spite-filled individual. They are more common that one would care to acknowledge.

Personally, I find such hypocrites vulgar and not worth the investment of time and energy to bring to any sort of justice. It’s liberating, in a way, knowing they will receive exactly what they’ve got coming to them. Karma, as they say, is a bitch! I prefer to say that Karma knows best…

A word of advice to those who actually read these thoughts: practice what you preach, someone is always watching whether you care or not. If you preach love, forgiveness, and compassion, then practice those things or risk looking like another Jim Jones.

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