A person resorts to revenge when, because of anger, resentment, he wants to punish someone, cause him significant harm both morally and physiologically - it depends on the principles. Most often, this action is considered lynching, is condemned in society, is considered illegal and petty. However, sometimes situations arise when the avenger is supported by all the people around him. Is this correct or not? And is there an excuse for anger, resentment, rancor, and even murder?
The reasons for revenge are different for everyone - an offense at a loved one who betrayed love or friendship, anger at a boss, a neighbor, envy because of a lack of work, money, good looks or a figure. Sometimes, the factors pushing an offended or angry avenger to beating, violence, murder are burning jealousy, temporary insanity from the loss, death of a child, husband, wife, pet dear to the heart. And here, albeit unconsciously, there is no way to justify a criminal, even if he defended the family, took revenge on rapists, a drunk driver, and officials.
Reasons and prerequisites for revenge
The word "revenge" is probably known to almost every adult. And even if someone has never taken revenge on neighbors, former friends and lovers, there are many situations in life. For example, revenge against a motorist who parks on a lawn or playground often results in sticking notes on the windshield with threats, paint damage or scratches. Revenge on an ex-boyfriend often turns into defamatory rumors that have nothing to do with reality. But these are petty dirty tricks.
In fiction and the writings of the great classics, one can find reasoning that revenge has been "cradled" for years, grown like a fragile plant. Yes, and the sayings that everyone has heard on this topic are many, for example:
- revenge is a dish that is served cold;
- revenge is a slow poison that poisons the body;
- a brother avenges his brother, and this is taken as a basis.
It's one thing when they take small revenge, surreptitiously, throwing a garbage can over the garden to neighbors, or throwing poison on a dog that has bitten a drunk friend. Such actions usually cause censure, rejection, bewilderment, and even righteous anger among others. A person whose eyes burn with vengeful fire is sometimes scolded, beaten behind garages, handed over to the police as a vandal. These cases of revenge do not justify in any way, which is understandable to many.
But what if, in a fit of insane grief, a parent takes revenge on a drunk driver who knocked down a child to death at a pedestrian crossing? Or does a desperate mother throw herself with a knife at a drug-addicted father, putting all her hatred and resentment into the blow? Here the attitude of society is twofold, and many already at least in words justify the avenger, standing up to protect him. And even the great classics, be it Pushkin with the work "The Captain's Daughter" or Lermontov with the poem "Mtsyri", describe a person in such a way that one wants to stand up for him, justify vengeful impulses and actions.
Differences in views
With revenge, many want to punish the offender, make him suffer, and sometimes also lose loved ones, relatives, or say goodbye to their own lives. And here, depending on the generally accepted opinions in society, there is a different attitude to the situation. Justification or censure depends on religious beliefs, nation, upbringing, own concept of good and evil.
So, in the Christian religion, it is customary to forgive a person who has stumbled, to forgive his sins after repentance and mental suffering. After all, it is believed that only God can punish and punish.
In some countries, on the contrary, it is customary to pay for the evil and pain caused by revenge, and this is justified by society, and even there are certain "laws" that prescribe the rules for the righteous avenger.
What is the final conclusion that can be drawn based on well-known facts and the arguments of others? Is any revenge justifiable, or can it only be blamed? Everything is very complicated, and everyone must decide for themselves, without looking back at the opinion of society. You can only add that it is impossible to justify petty mischief, gossip or damage to someone else's property because of some stupid grievances, there are other ways to resolve conflict situations. But there is no need to feel sorry for or support a person who killed or maimed someone in an outburst of revenge for the death of a child, a beloved woman. At least demonstratively and pathetically, foaming at the mouth.
For any unseemly actions and mutilation, our state severely punishes criminals, not understanding the vengeful impulses and reasons. And a stumbled person is unlikely to be able to justify himself when the resentment, the bitterness of loss subside, dull a little over time. Therefore, the conclusion is still the same - there is no need to take revenge, it will not lead to anything good, and there is no need to justify unlawful actions either.