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When is revenge justified?
I, myself, believe that revenge is never justified because it breeds more hostility. However, I doubt that I could stop myself from getting revenge in some cases.
The definition of revenge here is complicated. To my mind, there are two forms of revenge:
1) When revenge is in balance with the initial damage caused. This could be seen as righting a wrong, a form of justice. For example, someone steals money from you, so you steal the equivalent amount back from them.
2) When revenge exceeds the initial hurt. In this case, someone has stolen money from you, so you kidnap their entire family. This is, obviously, out of balance.
I would certainly say that the balanced and just form of revenge is necessary to right the wrong, especially when the person who is the recipient of this revenge will learn from their initial error. Revenge that exceeds justice, however, will not provide a moralising outcome. Rather, it will teach that, if a wrong is done to you, it is okay to enact further and exaggerated pain for your own satisfaction, instead of a teach a lesson.
Sometimes I actually believe your first gut reaction is often the one to follow
When someone hurts us, the pain is unbearable and yet what is the point of revenge. We will be no different then the person who hurt us. I believe every individual is born with good values and bad values in their life. The upbringing and education decides the percentage of this values.
For a person who is exposed to bad values, they tend to hurt others meanwhile it is different for the person with good values. So justification of revenge actually is decided by the percentage of values one has.
A person with more then 80% good values probably will refrain from revenge but not think or dream about revenge, This percentage is not based on any research but my personal experience as I belong in this 80% good values group . So probably people with 50% good values can easily revenge.
This is just a personal view ...
When I here the word "revenge", in my mind, it has juvenile connotations so I dont subscribe to it. I do however believe in justice.
Revenge is never justifiable for humans. Everything depends on the will of God. Justice is with and for God.
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