Lizzie Borden took an axe
gave her mother forty whacks
when she saw what she had done
gave her father forty one
This is Lizzie Borden
She may look like a nice sweet lady, but she isn’t. She’s a murderer, and not only is she a cold blooded killer…she got away with it because she had a good lawyer.
If people didn’t lie about their crimes, we just might be able to figure out why they did it. And if we could figure out why they did it, then maybe we could prevent murders from happening.
I have my own theory, and of course, I think I’m right. I’m using this famous Lizzie Borden case as a prime example.
Her parents were devout Christians, overbearing and stubborn, if you will. They were insanely rich and wouldn’t spend their money, not even on electricity. Electricity for houses had just been invented and the Borden parents were not going to spend money on such a luxury, it was sinful in their eyes. They were misers with their money and this was frustrating to Lizzie, because the nice rich men wouldn’t marry her because they thought that she was poor. And all the poor guys wanted to marry her because they knew that she had money.
These are the motives, that everyone knows, but if these were the only problems that she had, she might have been able to figure out a way to live a happy life without killing anyone.
Nobody just goes off and kills someone for just one reason. I bet that she had some deep rooted psychological problem. Someone in her life had done something to her in a very bad way, time and time again. She had learned to be stubborn from her parents and thus they didn’t get along. They weren’t on speaking terms for a very long time, even though they all lived together in the same house for years and appeared to be a happy family.
When you’re stubborn and set in your ways, the mind will spin around one single thought over and over again causing rage and pent up anger.
If you decide that you are right, and under no circumstances will you change your mind, this is what paves the road for disasters. When you are right, you can justify anything as being the right thing to do. There is no other way. Thus, in her own mind, Lizzie Borden was doing “the right” thing. She had a good intention for her life, and her mother (step-mother, actually) and father, had to die because they were no good and were getting in her way.
There’s a saying:
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
I wonder, though,
If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then is the road to heaven paved with bad ones?
It is, if we just remember the one thing needful. It is if we forget about trying to be right. Forget about trying “to teach” everyone a lesson by getting revenge and always having our own way.
Terrorists groups everywhere are trying to “teach” Americans that they are evil, by killing innocent people. Their good intentions are paving the road for hell.
But you could turn it all around, by doing something very bad.
But what if you stop being stubborn, what if you stop trying to be right all the time, and let someone else be right? Try it out and see what happens. Just for kicks. The next time you are having a fight with someone, or you encounter someone that you hate or just don’t get along with. Just pretend that they are right. Let someone else win the fight.
Getting along is more important that being right. Nobody has to get whacked with an axe if we all just get along.