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"Deadly sins - Theatrical Dialogue"
by Mario Donizetti 


I Voice (Scholar) - Sublime wrath, beside you everything else pales into nothing.

When, in indignation, wrath grasps hold of me everything is flattened in front of me. All interests vanish. The need for justice rises above everything.

Justice! Justice I demand in return for my life, which at that moment seems a small instrument, an awkward presence.

Were I to give up my wrath I would forfeit my dignity.

II Voice (Satyr) - But if wrath is your dignity, you are unworthy of forgiveness and the others should only beat you down.

Wrath prevents you from just indignation and blurs your sight.

Who can say when you are justified by wrath. Perhaps when thrift justifies avarice.

I Voice - And so wrath is never just, even though it is just for wrath to grasp me during indignation.

II Voice - Indignation gives itself up to forgiveness. Wrath is purely hellish.

I Voice - But without wrath who can carry out justice? A machine, perhaps. A computer, perhaps.

II Voice - When justice is done, for others a crime may be committed. Even if this is a computer crime.

Justice can be abuse for others.

I Voice - Nobody is just to the point where wrath is justified, but without a judge the crime is nourished and prospers in indifference.

Certainly wrath passes from me and is taken up by others to be turned against me as revenge.

If what is right for me is wrong for others, the wrath of others is just against me.

So wrath against wrath confirms its triumph even if it is nourished by reflection.

II Voice - You mean cherished by revenge.

I Voice - Could the wrathful person ever turn into executioner if he had not already suffered injustice?

Wrath is the instrument of irrevocable execution of a sentence against the crime. Wrath feeds on endurance, hides within the victim, strengthens in the peaceful person, becomes defined in the patient person. It is perfected in courage.

Justice of wrath is a work of art: it is brought about by impulse but is scientific in its objective. Wrath is the result of a trial where the prosecutor and the defence of the evil-doer are equal. But when sentence is passed, wrath drags the judge to summary execution because it is rapid by nature.

II Voice - But in executing the sentence, wrath degrades the sentence.

It becomes hysterical, confused and at times comatose. It can even be fatal when it is true, visceral, diabolic wrath.

I Voice - The judge is certainly not suited to executing the sentence. The law condemns the wrath not the sentence and even less so the trial against the evil-doer. It condemns the method of execution of the sentence.

It condemns the executioner-judge who, as executioner, is at fault due to wrath and is tried by his executed man.

So wrath has no characteristic feature; neither that of the executioner nor of the executed. Wrath only produces visceral struggles and both the executioner and the executed call on God for support.

II Voice - Whereas the devil is their assistant.

In wrath the face of a dog becomes the muzzle of a man. I mean that in wrath dog and man are twins. In wrath the human beast is truly a beast to the point that a beast can be human.

The eye protruding from the orbit seems to see round three hundred and sixty degrees but it does not see anything since, as is in fact said, the eye of wrath is blind. And this is said because it is known. The wrathful person may at first sight arouse respect because he has allegedly been wronged. But that cow-like and glassy eye leads to pity.

The veins in his neck swell, the heat which goes to his head freezes his feet. He gets up off the ground. He seems to leap into the sky, but falls back down and like a spring gains his distance again.

There: he is neither in heaven nor on earth.

He looks like a god but is but a poor devil.