Is it something beyond revenge or is revenge good enough to be termed as Justice is the...
collective exercises it on behalf of the individual?
Revenge for the sake of revenge is never a good enough answer. Justice is not supposed to be revenge for anything. Justice is payment in kind for a violation of rule. If you violate the rules you must pay for that violation. Some would say that revenge is sweet. But all admit that in the end it leaves a very bitter taste behind. Kant and Wells both agree that in a society of reasonable people there must be rules, and violation of those rules must bring consequences. That is fair to society as the whole. Justice is meteing out the consequences "justly -fairly" to match the degree of violation.
In some societies if you steal, you lose your hand so that you cannot steal with it again. If you rape you are castrated so you cannot rape again. Justice? In those societies swift and severe justice. The punishment is directly related to the crime.
In more "modern" societies" people are put out of society and into prisons with their own kind. The length of stay in prison is supposed to be directly related to the crime or violation that was committed. But revenge is not justice, and justice is not intended to be revenge.
Revenge is an emotional thing... acting out anger.
And it seldom resolves anything. The desire to "get even" seems to be a common human trait.
I confess I have an enemies list but I'm not seeking revenge. It's just a reminder list that some people are super jerks and to be more cautious in the future
I guess I'm angry enough with some people I would take any and every opportunity to let others know what I thought of them, and I have. And that includes certain businesses.
It's their bad karma returning to them and I feel absolutely no remorse in letting others know what I think of those on my enemies list. I feel I'm doing others a service by warning them.
Those people have hurt me with no just cause. They aren't worth any respect and deserve to be treated as the scum of the Earth that they are.
sometimes revenge is good enough to be termed as Justice....but in case of law it does not....
I do not believe in revenge, however I believe in eliminating problems for the common good. The problem then comes down to: Who decides what is best for the common good?
It would be helpful if you could clarify your question.
Life is about choices. it is harder to forgive than to revenge. You have a choice to let things that you feel need revenge hold importance in your life. Finding a positive in a situation makes it easier to forgive and let it go. after all why waste time on being angry when you can be fullfilled and happy. You have a choice to either let it go and move on or continue to let things have control over you and be angry.
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