If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also
This specifically refers to a hand striking the side of a person’s face, tells quite a different story when placed in it’s proper historical context. In Jesus’s time, striking someone of a lower class ( a servant) with the back of the hand was used to assert authority and dominance. If the persecuted person “turned the other cheek,” the discipliner was faced with a dilemma. The left hand was used for unclean purposes, so a back-hand strike on the opposite cheek would not be performed. Another alternative would be a slap with the open hand as a challenge or to punch the person, but this was seen as a statement of equality. Thus, by turning the other cheek the persecuted was in effect putting an end to the behavior or if the slapping continued the person would lawfully be deemed equal and have to be released as a servant/slave.
THAT makes a lot more sense, now, thank you.
Slope Point is the southernmost point of South Island, New Zealand. Lying just east of the Waikawa and Haldane settlements, the land is primarily used for sheep farming. With no roads nearby, the area is only accessible by a 20-minute hike. The branches of these windswept trees point northerly in order to offer the least resistance to the relentless winds. Via Twisted Sifter
Photo credit: Ben