Every once in a while, I am reminded of the biblical scripture “you reap what you sow.” For whatever reason, some of us, human beings, believe we can practice dishonesty, wickedness and avariciousness without any consequences. When I was a teenager growing up in South America, there was a family who terrified our neighborhood with their threats of being able to cast evil spirits on anyone who made them angry. I remember we, my childhood friends and I, were never allowed into the Taylors’ home. Even though we all visited and ate in each other homes, the Taylors were off-limits to us.
I remembered once we – with the aid of one of the Taylors’ sons – were shown their living room. Situated around the room were several bottles with an object, corked, in each of them. I remembered the fear we all felt and later spoke of as each of us ran from the Taylors’ living room. After that day, we never visited the Taylors’ home. As a matter of fact, we stopped playing with them.
The Taylor brothers were constantly in trouble with law enforcement, but they never, as I recalled at the time, were convicted of any of their alleged crimes. The Taylors bragged about the objects in the bottles and their prowess to escape convictions. We in our limited and frightened state of minds attributed their supposedly invincibility to the power of the objects we saw in the bottles.
Then one day, we saw their father, Mr. Taylor, the patriarch and most feared man in our neighborhood, walked with the aid of a cane and one of his sons directing his path. He was wearing sunglasses and seemed sad, feeble and helpless. The word spread in our neighborhood that Mr. Taylor had contracted blindness, because of his interactions with the objects in those bottles. We never found out what really caused Mr. Taylor’s blindness, but from that day forward Mr. Taylor was viewed as an evil and forbidden individual who reaped what he sowed.
I also learned from this life experience that if you play with fire you will “eventually” get burned.