Punishment worse than death

The Karate Kid is an American martial arts drama film. Part two, that was released in June of 1986, starts right after Daniel LaRusso defeated Johnny Lawrence in a karate fight, which was the end of the first part of the movie. John Kreese, Johnny’s teacher, very angry because his student lost, attacks him in the parking lot right after the fight. He breaks Lawrence’s second place trophy and starts choking him. His other students beg him to stop, but he does not. Mr. Miyagi intervenes and passively immobilizes Kreese. He threatens a deadly blow but instead comically tweaks Kreese’s nose and walks away. 

When Mr. Miyagi left the place with Daniel his student, Daniel says: “You could’ve killed him, couldn’t you? Mr. Miyagi answers affirmatively and Daniel asks: “Well, why didn’t you then?” To which Mr. Miyagi answers: “Because, Daniel-san, for person with no forgiveness in heart, living even worse punishment than death.”

This is a truth not only in regard to lack of forgiveness but actually in regards to every disordered passion. The disordered passions are a punishment in themselves. The stronger the disorder the stronger is the punishment. The reason is very simple, a disordered passion, like resentment or lack of forgiveness, makes us slaves of that passion and that is a punishment in itself.

While it is true that sometimes we do not realize that we are slaves of our passions, and that we do not realize how much a disordered passion makes us suffer, it is also true that when we free ourselves from a disordered passion, we understand what a strong punishment that passion was in itself.

In fact, from a psychological point of view, many of the psychological problems of our society are caused by disordered passions that end up causing the psychological problems. Therefore, if we do not work to control our disordered passions, those passions hurt us and one of the ways they hurt us is by causing psychological problems.

They not only hurt us on a human level, but also on a supernatural level, since the disordered passions make us sin. This is why it is very important to work in order to control them and order them.

The best way to control them is to achieve virtues. Virtues are the contrary habits of the disordered passions. Therefore, virtues are the best way to strengthen our will in order to educate our passions. If we educate our passions and have them under control we will be able to freely do the good we must do.

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