Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Revenge and False Accusations

Consider the following:

Have you ever been falsely accused of anything? What are the reasons people seek revenge upon others? Have you ever admitted to something you didn't do for the good of the whole? Have you ever admitted to something to save someone else? Would you? Have you ever lied to protect yourself? Why? Were there any repercussions to your lies?

Answer some of these prompts with thoughtful reflection. Remember, two sentences does not equal a response.

21 Comments:

Blogger chelby C. said...

Yes , I have been falsey accused before. I believe people accuse other people for there actions is so that they don't feel bad for what they have done. It takes ther frustration away and they place ther anger on someone else so that way they feel better about themselves. I have lied before to protect myself from getting into any more trouble , unfortionitly they found out and I actually got into more trouble than I would have .

4:44 PM  
Blogger Sheldon said...

I cant think off the top of my head to any specific situations of being falsley accused to something major, but i am sure i have been, if fact i gaurantee everybody has. I know ive lied to protect myself, rather than admitting it, and I probablly blamed it on someone else. And i think everyone has done their fair share of decieving and recieving. Its alot like what comes around goes around.

5:38 PM  
Blogger nicolec said...

Yeah, I have been accused falsley before. It was not a fun experience, when someone starts a rumor or says something about you that isn't true it spreads like wildfire. The things that are untrue seem to be the best stories for people to make up. I have lied to protect myself, however they are mostly little lies not huge ones because I have a really heavy concience. So lying normally doesn't fly to well with me. Especially being lied to, I don't like it so I try not to do it to others.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Roxy S. said...

The first thing that comes to mind about being falsely accused of something is my brother and simple sibling rivalry. Multiple times I have admitted to doing something I didn't do just for the good of a group I care about. That goes the same for being very willing to admitt to something to save someone I care deeply about. I really believe that there are always going to be repurcussions for lies; everything we do has consequences. Although cliche, I can't help but agree that everything comes out in the wash.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Madisson L said...

Everyone has been falsely accused at some point or another in his or her life; usually to prevent the accuser from suffering the consequences. I have been falsely accused for doing various minor infractions, but nothing big like stealing. But no matter what you are accused of doing, it is not right to forfeit your voice and take the blame for something you didn’t do. Under nearly all circumstances I would not lie and say I did something to cover somebody else, unless the situation was in desperate need. The reason I would not lie to protect another person is because the individual who you lie to always finds out and they will catch both lying parties, causing possibly even more trouble. In the case of the Salem trials, everything that I go against occurred. There were false accusations and false confessions, which unfortunately led to the death of innocent people. In Salem, if everybody had simply not lied then perhaps the tragedy wouldn't have occurred.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Eric S. said...

Yes, everyone has been falsely accused of something. People seek revenge to get closure to a situation. They feel good after the revenge is paid and the general feeling is that now both sides are even and the situation is over. Yes, I've admited to something I didn't do to help others, but that was to save them from punishment. I would do it for anyone I cared about if need be. Yes, I've lied to protect myself, but the white lies build on each other and in the end it blows up in my face.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Stephanie S. said...

Yes, I have been fasley accused of something before. When people accuse others, it usually means the person isn't taking responsiblity for themselves. I don't like it when people assume that I did something that wasn't actually not true. I wonder why that person couldn't take some more time to find the real answer. I have admitted to a crime to save a teammate. I feel that the whole group is more important then an indivual. I also believe that you can acheive more with a group of people instead of one.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Troy B said...

There are many things that i probably been accused of, some i know some i may not. Most of the time i would take the rap for it just to get it over with unless it was something really bad. There are also many other things i would take the blame for just so that one of my friends didn't get in trouble, like maybe if he had broken something and there parents would just go off on them i would. Most of the time i do not lie because i don't think its right, but if i really needed to i would. The only reason i whould like is to not hurt someone or get some one hurt. Even when i do lie i make sure that there will be no other problems that arise from the lie.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Andrew M said...

I am sure i have been falsely accused before but i have managed to forget any specific situations. I know how frustrating it is and how harsh it feels when no one will believe you even though you are right. If only someone would listen then things would turn out fine but no one does. I have lied before to protect myself but i have also lied for a friend in order to protect them. It isn't always the best thing to do but when you do take responsibility for things you did not do then you manage to take the burden from the culprit. It isn't the right thing to do but it is often easier if you don't get caught in the lie itself.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Adam S said...

There have been a great many times that I have been falsely accused of saying something or doing something that in fact I did not do. I am sure that almost everybody has been. When I was young i would go to the ends of the earth to try to prove my innocence. Sometimes even telling about the person who truly commited the crime. However, as I have grown older and matured i find that i do not need to go to the ends of the earth to defend myself. My word should now be sufficient proof of my innocence. If a person does not believe what I have told them, that is simply an issue that they will have to deal with on thier own.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Billy N. said...

I have been falsely accused before. The reason people seek revenge is becuase they have no logical way to react to a problem. The closest thing to a logical solution, is to harm, in some form, the person that caused this problem. I have lied to protect a group before. If my punishment would stay the same whether or not it was a team act, why shouldn't someone get out of it. The only repercussion was that friends and others look at me as a classy person who they can trust.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Janessa S. said...

I think my answer to all your questions for me personally is yes. I am guilty of doing all of these things. Most of these questions make me think of my past with dealing with friends. I often get accused of talking smack about a friend behind their back when in actuality, I'm not. I am constantly falsely accused of this. As for seeking revenge on others, I think the only reason why I would attempt to do something like this is only to make myself feel better. Like if someone had done something that made me mad, I might try to seek revenge by maybe doing the same thing that made me mad or doing something that I know would upset them. Also, as for admitting things, I would admit I did something that I didn't if it helped someone else out but if I honestly didn't do something and I don't have a good reason to lie about it, then I wouldn't go about lying. Also, with lying to protect myself, I do that everyday. I know it's bad but if it helps me not get into trouble and it doesn't backfire on me then it's some-what useful(parents). A scapegoat if you will. Last of all, for repercussions to lies, it depends on what kind of lie it is. If it's something that turns into this big thing that ends up bitting me in the butt then yes there have been. I hope this is clear for you and sorry if it's a little blotchey.

11:45 PM  
Blogger Michael M said...

I know that I have been accused of stealing from the cookie jar more than once. Everyone knows the saying “Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Why me? Couldn’t be! Then who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?” As far as I remember I can never recall a moment that I actually submitted into something that I did not do. Yes, lying for me is second nature, it’s not something I’m proud of, but I know I have to do it. I’ve gotten good to an extent that there really haven’t been too many repercussions that I can remember, but it has come back to bite me in the butt. I guess when you boil life down to the basics, it all comes down to who you can trust in life and who you can't.

11:51 PM  
Blogger karmk said...

yes, i have been falsely accused by other people. And it felt really bad when people think you did something when you eally didn't. When i think of revenge, it sounds really good and yes i have taken revenge on people but after i did it it did not feel godd at all! i have also taken the blame for others because i didn't want them to get in trouble. but people have done the same for me as well. even though lying is bad, i have lied to not get into trouble. i did this because i thought i could lie enough for them not to find out and so i don't seem like a bad person. But eventually i got caught and that was the bad part! but decieving people or taking revenge is not good, it is part of our sin nature so we will always do it.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Soo K. said...

I have been falsely accused of something, but nothing major. I think that the reasons people seek revenge is because of misunderstanding. Most of the time, fights occur because someone misinterprets something. I have admitted things that I didn't do for my sister, because it was something that was important to her. I took the blame for her instead. I have lied to protect myself because then, I thought it was a easy way out, but it was not.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Christopher P. said...

I haven't been accused of something I didn't do in a long time. It may start happening again since I moved. People who know me well, know that I will admit to doing something I did, if you ask me if I did it. That is one of the few things that gets under my skin fast is being accused (falsely or otherwise) without the accuser even giving me the chance to admit to doing it or not.
There are many reasons people seek revenge on others. I am one of the few people who get to go place others don’t get to, because of my father’s job. From some of the places I’ve been, revenge (even that which causes physical harm) is not just legal…. It’s a right. Which is why I think the main reason people exact revenge is because they FEEL it is their right too.
No, I have never admitted to something I didn’t do for the good of the whole, but I was ready to admit to something to keep someone else from getting in trouble. My sister (no real relation… we just kind of adopted each other) did something really stupid and I caught her before anyone else did and I told her to leave and not to admit it even if anyone asked her. No one asked either of us, though. There are only a select few who I would do this for, and it really depends on what they’re accused of and all the little things like: did they do it; was it an accident; and so on.
Yea, I’ve lied to protect myself. I was got caught in the beginning and was always in more trouble than if I had admitted. But I got better and then I didn’t feel the need to lie. I earned my respect from a lot of people for always giving my honest opinion no matter who they were.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Alison B said...

I have been falsely accused of many things but I can't remeber any specific ones at the moment. I think that people seek revenge upon others because they are still mad about what happened to them and they cannot get over it. Some people just can't find any other way to get ride of all of their feelings toward the other people and that is the only way they see to help them get through or over their problem. Yes i have admitted something to save someone else, because i believe it is right to do that to help out the other person by admitting your mistake along with them and help take off some of the blame. Yes, i have lied to protect myself, i think almost everyone has. Whether that be a good or bad thing i still did it to save myself from being punished. When the person finds out i was lying i havent really gotten in any big trouble yet only being yelled at a little or grounded for a week or so.

5:23 PM  
Blogger JackS said...

I have been falsely accused plenty of times in my life. The one that is most recent and that I remember best, is the time I had a couple of friends over and one of them broke my couch when they jumped on it. I told my dad that I was the one who jumped on to the couch and broke it. I did this because I wanted to be a loyal friend, and friendship mattered more than the 250$ repair fee I had to pay. If I lie to protect myself from something I would only do it for minor inscidents, I would never lie to protect myself if something major came up. The main reason I think that people seek out revenge is to fullfill some sort of satisfaction that they are craving.

7:53 PM  
Blogger lsheffield said...

I think people accuse others of doing things they didn't do because they have done it themselves. They figure they have done it before so they can see others doing it. I lie to help other people all the time. It is usually because I get in less trouble than they would. I think people also forget that people change and mature. They never forget the stuff they used to do and don't trust them to do whats right anymore.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Kellen G said...

Sometimes I find myself lying or falsly admiting to something for the better cause. Or so I think. I problem I am starting to realize that I have, is knowing that Im right. Now comes the question what is right and wrong? Its whatever you base your views on. If you feel that lying to better yourself in the future is needed, then do it. If you feel lying is wrong and want to stay away from it at all costs, then do that. I have personaly done both and is something I am struggling with, "being yourself".

10:06 PM  
Blogger Daniel Bogar said...

I have been falsely acussed before and it is not fun. I hae lied to protect myself before but i dont do it all the time. I dont know one person that hasnt been falsely accused of something or has lied for their own good.

10:28 PM  

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