“Gittin’ even” is a passion better left unfulfilled, but we do it anyway. The expectations of revenge never measure up, but the justifications always revolve around a twisted sense of justice.
Not willing to be seen as a childish whiner, some resort to “passive aggression” (hereafter referred to as “PA”) just because “we can.” Admittedly not knowing Gene Roddenberry’s mind, suspicion sniffs out faint traces of PA in his 1973 film, “Genesis II.” Seeing or understanding this Sci-Fi flick is not a prerequisite to understanding the connection.
According to my anonymous sources (journalism speak for “I ain’t gonna tell ya”) in a 1986 production of Gene’s, censors required Mr. Roddenberry to cover an actress’s navel. Five years later when he was making the pilot for Genesis II he cast the same actress as an alien and gave her two bellybuttons! Whaddaya think about that? I suspect he was snickering about that with his buddies for some time, but I doubt it had any positive impacts.
Promoting himself and taking whatever credit or fallout comes was certainly Mr. Roddenberry’s prerogative. A disciple of Jesus, on the other hand, no longer lives for self. Nor is the fallout from self-will, self-promotion, and self-revenge borne exclusively. It reflects on the Master.
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 (ESV)
Being “ALL IN” is consuming. How many of us face this challenge? What does PA look like when you do it?