"Let him who is without sin cast the first stone."
I first heard this line uttered while watching an episode of Superbook (or was it The Flying House?). Eversince the time I realized the moral of this story derived from the Holy Bible, I've always tried to keep in mind the lessons being taught by it. As they say, who are you to judge someone if you yourself haven't seen your own reflection in the mirror. As Melanie Marquez would aptly put it, "don't judge my brother, he is not a book!".
I had a very serious conversation with one of my colleagues (technically I am his subordinate, but I've never really recognized that fact). I've been observing him trying his very best to ignore, at the same time avoid my mere presence over the past few days. As his continued cold treatment towards me has already reached it's high level of annoyance, I finally decided to confront him. It turns out, he is mustering a bad feeling towards me which was caused by some information that he learned from someone (let's call this other person anonymous), and then this anonymous apparently told him about the fact that some of the members of our department (myself included) are making fun of his personal life, particularly his sexual orientation. I was quick to admitting my guilt, realizing that denying such act would lead me nowhere. I then offered my sincerest apologies to him and simply offered no excuses. I told him I was indeed part of the group, I laughed, concocted more stories to make the story juicier, laughed some more, and of course, laughed till I could no longer sense that there was still oxygen available. But it was not in any way done to defame his character by any chance. It was just a simple case of four boys trying to find something to laugh about. One can't really say that it was at someone's expense since it was never intended to reach the ears of other people. In the end, our conversation went nowhere, I felt. He just accepted my apologies but later told me that, "I should suffer the consequences caused by my actions." Alrighty then.
I thought deeply after that conversation. I believe that I should atleast be given credit to the fact that I was MAN ENOUGH to admit my mistakes and offer my sincerest apologies, with no if's and but's. But of course!, this one really hit him hard, I really couldn't blame him for not giving me forgiveness. Heck, if I were in his shoes, being a the man that I am, I would have punched the other guy right smack in the face. Good thing nothing like that happened.
You may be wondering why the title of this entry is such. After much deeper thought and meditation, the very first thing that popped into my mind after thinking about what happened was the very first line that I typed up there. Probably this was prompted by my true feelings regarding this particular situation, since the guy's last line to me was "how could some people do this to me, I've done nothing wrong". You readers of my blog are not dumb, you can firgure it out yourself. 'Nuff said!