Two wrongs don’t make a right contains a comprehensive lesson. It means that it is not justified to do something illegal, inhumane, unfair or fraudulent if you have been a victim to one of these malpractices. As violence begets violence, in the similar manners, responding to a wrong doing with an equally wrong behavior will only make things worst and brings nothing but chaos and anarchy.

There is this common saying that also happens to be known as the golden rule of living life, ‘Treat people as you want to be treated’.  A lot of people believe that if one follows this rule, his life would become easier. But, nowadays, many people think oppositely and believe in the saying ‘Treat how others treat you’.

If someone is kind and treats you well then, well and good, do the same but if one does wrong to you, you do worse to them. Persons believe that, in today’s world, this is how you survive. But nothing in the world is entirely true. Yes, it’s true that to lead a good life in this era, you need to raise your voice:  to stand up in front others. In life, there come many situations, when we have to fight for our rights. But doing wrong to someone just because they first did something bad to you never correct the situation.

Imagine, someone did something wrong to you, then, in revenge or anger, you avenged by doing something bad to them. What happened? Nothing except the hatred increased and the game of revenge initiated which will continue through generations to come. The situation only got worse. A somewhat similar situation gives way to a never ending disputes among families, and nations. These estrangements among families turn into hostilities and as violence begins, the results can be seen in terms of deaths and destructions. There comes a time when the conflicting sides wish that they would have acted with sanity and patience but they find it useless to cry over spilled milk.

Now imagine, if any person mistreated you but you chose to be calm, even if it’s the hardest thing, and with compassion and respect you tried to talk to the person to understand why he did that. What’s the outcome? First you tackled the situation, second, you cleared the misunderstandings instead of making them complex by fighting back.

Now imagine, if any person mistreated you but you chose to be calm, even if it’s the hardest thing, and with compassion and respect you tried to talk to the person to understand why he did that. What’s the outcome? First you tackled the situation, second, you cleared the misunderstandings instead of making them complex by fighting back.

There come many circumstances in life that force the bad guy in you to come out. But once you lose temper, there remains no difference between you and the one you are fighting with. Remember that by adopting the similar path to take revenge, you just annihilate your own self-respect and reputation. You never know the reasons behind the actions of other people. Maybe your action of doing something good in return of bad motivates them to do the same.

Let’s look at some examples to prove our point that ‘Two wrongs don’t make a right’

History brings testimony to the fact that two wrongs don’t make a right. The life of prophets is an emphatic example of this phenomenon. Prophets faced the worst circumstances and violent oppressions from their opponents. Instead of answering violence with violence, their divine prudence and love for the humanity motivated them to not only pray for the guidance of their oppressors but also to forgive them when they rose to the corridors of power. The life of the Prophet Jesus, the Holy Prophet Muhammad(Peace be upon him) and others is full of such incidents where they forgave their worst enemies and established peace in the society.

For illustration, assume that I was busy scratching my head in the office and one of my jolly and careless colleagues came and pinched me hard.  I became so furious, that without realizing that he pinch me in fun, I turned and punched him. And then there was horrifying silence.  Everyone got shocked at what just happened. So in real two things happened. He pinched me in fun when he knew how busy I am. I felt he disturbed me while I was working. Whereas on his stance he was trying to break the ice and to turn the cold situation into a jubilant one. Now I, somehow, worsened the situation. But if I had done the opposite, like telling him in relaxed manners to not to do it again, as I was already exhausted, he could have understood and the conversation ended politely, that’s it.

The following saying defines the above situations,

‘An evil can’t be corrected with more evil’

I would choose to end this essay with Lou Holtz‘s famous saying

Life is ten percent what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it

Maybe it’s not in your hand to change things that happen but, it’s totally up to you how to deal with them. If you respond to bad things and bad attitude of people with positive attitude, there are chances that they turn out to be in your favor.