Punishment vs. Forgiveness

If you punish offenders,
they will grow full of hatred and resentment;
you are possibly making them become villains!

If you punish offenders,
you will grow accustomed to cruelty;
possibly making yourself a villain!

If you forgive offenders,
they will become struck by shame and guilt;
you are possibly making them become saints!

If you forgive offenders,
you will grow accustomed to release;
possibly making yourself a saint!

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If there’s no punishment
crime will be rife, and the populace will take the law into their own hands;
making villains out of innocents

If you punish offenders, with metta at heart
you will not grow accustomed to cruelty,
making yourself a good leader to your monks’ community,

If you forgive offenders,
some will become struck by shame and guilt, if they have those qualities,
you are possibly helping them become saints!

If you forgive offenders,
you will grow accustomed to metta;
possibly making yourself a saint!

Many apologies!

with metta

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