I was watching the morning news earlier and heard that some areas of Chicago have low-level infestation of the stink bug. I suppose this is a seasonal thing and few sightings have been reported so far. I've personally never seen a stink bug in my life and only found out today that it's named such because this bug gives off a foul odor when disturbed, frightened or squashed.
Foul odor when disturbed, frightened or squashed...somehow that keeps echoing in my head which led me to think that this is probably one of the most honest species on earth! We're pretty much the same as human beings, aren't we?...giving off some foulness when we get frightened, disturbed and especially when we feel squashed. For the most part though, we control or conceal it. Most of us rarely unleash this 'foulness' at the exact time we feel offended. When we feel overcome with fear, feel threatened in some way, whether it's our physical safety, mental health, or emotional well-being, things do get ugly. No one else could have said it better than Master Yoda:
Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
We all have our own ways of being stink bugs. Some are more vocal than others and speak their minds. Some tend to retreat and keep it all in but then simmer in negativity and just withdraw from relationships. Some are vengeful and make sure they let their offender feel the same, if not even more, pain than what they've experienced. Some punish themselves and get stuck in 'victim mode', believing that they deserve the pain and injustice done to them. The fact remains that, how ever and where ever we unleash the ugliness, the 'stink', it is there and is part of our self-preservation instinct. The irony though is that no matter how we think about this, the truth is that in the end, we actually hurt ourselves even more when we make attempts at retaliation. Again, as Yoda said, it all leads to suffering, both the other's as well as ours.
No one enjoys getting scared or squashed. Personally, I think my natural tendency is to simmer in the pain or negativity, while I simultaneously think of some unexpected form of vengeance, most likely in the form of mental or emotional torture. Super stinky, isn't it?...and I'm not proud of it. The question now is, how do YOU manifest the stink bug in you? Care to share?...