Earlier when watching "A Knight's Tale" Count Adimar if Andrue states, quite bluntly, "then he shows his weakness. That's all 'mercy' is." In "Star Wars" the Sith are constently stating how "mercy is a weakness". In "The Karate Kid" the teacher instructs his pupils "mercy is for the weak. An enemy diserves no mercy!"
Yet every time these villains face their enemy in the end they're alwars shown mercy. With that being said...
What really is Mercy? A strength? A weakness?
The real answer is...
None of thee above.
Mercy is neither a strength, nor a weakness. It is simply an act done by an individual.
When you are faced with the opportunity to really hurt someone you really hate what is the easiest thing to do? Is it to do the things to hurt them? To walk away and leave it behind you? To forgive him/her and forget about it?
Mercy is an act that is one of the hardest things to do. To show mercy one must first have the strength to do so. But simply walking away because you can't put yourself up to hurting the people you hate is not the same as mercy; it is walking away from the act of mercy. For one to commit the act od mercy one must be willing to forgive, forget, and repair the dammage done between him/her and the other.
The same thing can and is said for everyday things like on DA with "Art Thieves". We see this everyday with people posting about other's stealing art as their own. And what do people do about it? Report them for their acts? Reason with them calmly and try to make them correct their wrong doing? Forgive them of their wrong doing at any given time?
None of thee above.
People simply go up, cuss the thief out, threaten them, and some times worse. Do you honestly believe that doing these things will solve anything?
Stop and think about what "needs" to be done instead of what you do. More often than not these thieve are looking for those exact reactions. Stop and do the right thing instead of the rash things. Showing an act of kindness, like mercy, will go a hell of a lot farther than you realize.
So, is mercy a strength or a weakness?
What do you think?