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Is revenge ever justified or beneficial to society?

Asked by dannyc (5228points) June 1st, 2009

Perhaps it is in our makeup to seek it. Pacifists and certain religions believe in turning the other cheek. What if it was a family member, or a friend, or yourself who was the victim of violence. What would you really seek?

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The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Justice promotes law whereas revenge promotes chaos.
getting deja vu here

Any moment now we should see the standard parade of posts saying ”If anyone ever messed with my wife/child/dog/truck they’d wish for justice instead of MY revenge”.

All revenge does is reinforce a cycle of violence when violence is what we need to decrease in society.

MrGV's avatar

Revenge is a waste of time to me…I mean you have to put in a lot of effort to plot a revenge scheme haha

YARNLADY's avatar

Revenge is always justified, never beneficial to society, unless as a deterrent to others.

swtsally's avatar

i’m sorry but 2 wrongs don’t make a right..seeking revenge just shows that you’re immature. be the bigger person.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@swtsally 2 wrongs don’t make a right, but 3 lefts do. I don’t believe in revenge. I have never sought revenge on anyone who has wronged me, I don’t have the time to waste on the assholes.

augustlan's avatar

I don’t believe revenge is ever beneficial for anyone.

I have been the victim… way too often. I have never sought revenge. I did hope for justice, but even when that wasn’t forthcoming, revenge was not the solution. Now, if I walked in on one of my children being victimized in the way I was, I would probably kill the perpetrator right then and there. That wouldn’t be about revenge though, it would be blind rage. If I only knew about it after the fact, I would seek justice – not revenge.

Blondesjon's avatar

Revenge isn’t societal. Revenge is personal.

I do believe in revenge.

There is a reason the phrase, “Justice is blind”, is best said with your tongue in your cheek.

wundayatta's avatar

I dunno. How many people really like cold dishes?

Xilas's avatar

“Last night I had a revelation
Somehow I have to make you pay
It’s all about manipulation
And what it takes to get my way
I don’t believe in soft solutions
No one makes a fool of me
Without receiving retribution
No one hurts me and goes free

I’ll play on your fears, I’ll leave you in tears
You’ll never be the same, my friend
You’re walking a line, it’s a matter of time
You’ll never rest easy again

I’ve got the power to bring you down

I’ve heard it said, to err is human
It’s forgiveness that’s divine
I thought about forgiving you, but
I want revenge, I want what’s mine
I think it’s time to settle scores now
It’s time to set the record straight
You’ll know it’s coming, you won’t know how
Or when, you’ll have to watch and wait

I’ll play on your fears, I’ll leave you in tears
You’ll never be the same, my friend
You’re walking a line, it’s a matter of time
You’ll never rest easy again

I’ve got the power to bring you down

You know, it feels intoxicating
To be intimidating
It’s invigorating
To see you shaking

I’ve got the power to bring you down

You know something, you see it coming,
You know I will stop at nothing.”

wundayatta's avatar

A more brainless lyric I don’t recall ever seeing. But typical of the kind of machismo you find in men all over the place.

OpryLeigh's avatar

Depends on the revenge. Sometimes revenge can act like Karma, giving someone their comeupence. This could be beneficial to society if it makes the person who commited the original crime think about their actions and change for the better. I doubt this happens very often but it’s the only reason that I can think of revenge being beneficial and I have seen it happen with the odd bully.

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