Revenge: Is it worth it?

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#1 Posted by ultimameteora (2573 posts) -

They say when seeking revenge, you should dig two graves, I know this all to well, I sought after revenge and ended up right back where I started but I still feel this desire for it. I guess the right thing to do would be to forgive.

Considering I would have the right this time around should I try to get vengeance again?

I'd like to hear some opinions, also this involves a female if that helps.

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#2 Posted by UltraZero (112042 posts) -
Revenge + Female = Go for it.
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#3 Posted by jerk-o-tron2000 (10036 posts) -

AN eye for an eye makes the world go blind.

Two wrongs don't make a right.

Screw it, it's all about satisfaction.

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#4 Posted by Darkwanderer000 (213 posts) -

Every time I've actively sought out revenge, it has been most definitely worth it.

"Turn the other cheek" is spineless, Christian nonsense. I put no stock in it.

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#5 Posted by jerk-o-tron2000 (10036 posts) -

If you're gonna try to get revenge, go all the way. That way people will learn that they shouldn't **** with you.

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#6 Posted by optiow (28284 posts) -
Revenge is a nescessary thing, because it shows that you will not lie down and let people kick you around. All that talk about loving your enemy is just crap. If you want revenge (and if you have a resonable cause) go and get your revenge.
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#7 Posted by ultimameteora (2573 posts) -
Thanks guys, I may feel different about it when the time comes though, we'll see.
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#8 Posted by MrGeezer (59113 posts) -

They say when seeking revenge, you should dig two graves, I know this all to well, I sought after revenge and ended up right back where I started but I still feel this desire for it. I guess the right thing to do would be to forgive.

Considering I would have the right this time around should I try to get vengeance again?

I'd like to hear some opinions, also this involves a female if that helps.

ultimameteora

Do what you want. Whether or not it's "worth it" depends on what you expect to get out of it and what are the costs of getting it.

Personally, I'm not a fan of revenge, because it makes me feel like a bad person. And whatever I hoped to get out of it, it's usually not worth it if it makes me feel like a scumbag.

Your mileage may vary.

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#9 Posted by deactivated-59913425220eb (1772 posts) -

Every time I've actively sought out revenge, it has been most definitely worth it.

"Turn the other cheek" is spineless, Christian nonsense. I put no stock in it.

Darkwanderer000

Oh, sorry i got to say somethin'. I just wanna clear things up. :) But your taking "the turn the other cheek" out of context. Its not meant to encourage spineless behavior or to willingly take a beating and not fight back. Its meant to be a passive aggressive take against hate and anger.

Back then when Jesus taught this lesson to react to abusive authority, the audience was mostly of lower class, possible in servanthood to a master for payment (its how employment was done back then I believe) the master could if he wanted to strike the servant for not doing something right on the left cheek. If he was to strike on the right cheek that was implying that that person was an equal to himself and would be the same as fighting that person as equals. So when Jesus said to turn the other cheek, His meaning was to force the master to strike you on the right cheek saying that you were equals and not to be treated badly. So the master had two choices to slap you on the right cheek or to walk away, either way you get your point across... you didn't back down. Instead of reacting in an angry way and hitting the master back you were taking a more passive aggressive stand, you were still resisting abuse when you turned that other cheek, you weren't backing down and taking it like a whimp.

So I guess to an answer to the TC question, I would not seek revenge butif you have a problem with this girl than try to find a way to resolve it without hurting the girl.

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#10 Posted by CreasianDevaili (4364 posts) -
It comes down to the notion of equality. Just do not get greedy.
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#11 Posted by lloveLamp (2891 posts) -
kill em all, I say
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#12 Posted by LZ71 (10524 posts) -
I usually find that it isn't. However, my revenge scenarios are generally not of the "I must take vengeance on those who killed the love of my life (or something similar)" persuasion, so I can't comment on those.
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#13 Posted by Head_of_games (10859 posts) -
The other day someone punched me. I knocked them out. I felt considerably happier, despite the punch. So, I guess Yes?
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#14 Posted by cybrcatter (16210 posts) -
It depends on the scenario. I like to calculate the opportunity cost, plot a utility curve, and see how much scotch is left before plotting revenge.
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#15 Posted by markop2003 (29917 posts) -
Revenge no, justified punishment yes. Revenge denotes doing something to make yourself feel better and so could easily go over the top as there's a good chance you reacted irationally and due to the fact you feeling better is based on their reaction to what you do which is hard to predict and you may not recognise the symptoms. However logically plotting a scheme where you do the same as they did to you is fine, though not always the best solution.
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#16 Posted by GabuEx (36552 posts) -

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."

-Siddhartha Buddha

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#17 Posted by raynimrod (6860 posts) -

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."

-Siddhartha Buddha

GabuEx

So in other words, unleash your anger quickly so it doesn't burn too much!

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#18 Posted by ehhwhatever (1463 posts) -
If you are angry there is nothing wrong with that but what you Do about it is. D + anger = danger. You don't have to Do anything about it. If they did something illegal and it hurt you then you don't ever have to talk to them again. Some people you just need to be away from.
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#19 Posted by Optical_Order (5100 posts) -

Revenge is necessary in some situations.

If someone really wrongs you, you can't just be a doormat about it.

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#20 Posted by lasseeb (1186 posts) -

If your name is Kratos and you do 1,000,00 in bench press, i would say, GO FOR IT!!11!!

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#21 Posted by fastesttruck (25353 posts) -
Depends. If you can make a game out of it and still live your life then go for it.
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#22 Posted by Hammstray (890 posts) -

Revenge isn't good at all. I try to avoid it at all cost but sometimes it is really hard not throwing a punch.

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#23 Posted by Harisemo (4133 posts) -

revengeis definitely worth it.i believe in two eyes for an eye, if someone throws a stone at you, you throw back a grenade

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#24 Posted by Victorious_Fize (6128 posts) -

Never.

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#25 Posted by Wolls (19119 posts) -
Narr you just seem to end up looking worse than the other person did in the first place
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#26 Posted by jimmyjammer69 (12239 posts) -

If it's a girl, I'd just let it go. Parting shots can turn into long, pointless and upsetting feuds. Bear in mind too that girls are sometimes capable of inflicting a lot of emotional damage.

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#27 Posted by redstorm72 (4646 posts) -

Revenge is totally worth it. People need to learn that f***ing with you has consequences, otherwise they won't stop. Also, I'm so tired of hearing "an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind". The saying doesn't even make sense, an eye for an eye would leave you and the person who originally took your eye both with one eye. Things end evenly with one eye apiece and that's where it stops. Sounds fair to me.

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#28 Posted by tenaka2 (17052 posts) -

Revenge is totally worth it. People need to learn that f***ing with you has consequences, otherwise they won't stop. Also, I'm so tired of hearing "an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind". The saying doesn't even make sense, an eye for an eye would leave you and the person who originally took your eye both with one eye. Things end evenly with one eye apiece and that's where it stops. Sounds fair to me.

redstorm72

I think the eye is more of a metaphor in this instance.

Same way as 'best served cold' probably does not mean salad.

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#29 Posted by redstorm72 (4646 posts) -

[QUOTE="redstorm72"]

Revenge is totally worth it. People need to learn that f***ing with you has consequences, otherwise they won't stop. Also, I'm so tired of hearing "an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind". The saying doesn't even make sense, an eye for an eye would leave you and the person who originally took your eye both with one eye. Things end evenly with one eye apiece and that's where it stops. Sounds fair to me.

tenaka2

I think the eye is more of a metaphor in this instance.

Same way as 'best served cold' probably does not mean salad.

I know it's a metephor, but it doesn't make sense. It implies that revenge will cascade out of control, but "an eye for an eye" would only effect the two participants and leave them on equal footing. The end result of this "metaphor" would be two people with one eye. No one would end up blind.

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#30 Posted by jimmyjammer69 (12239 posts) -

[QUOTE="tenaka2"]

[QUOTE="redstorm72"]

Revenge is totally worth it. People need to learn that f***ing with you has consequences, otherwise they won't stop. Also, I'm so tired of hearing "an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind". The saying doesn't even make sense, an eye for an eye would leave you and the person who originally took your eye both with one eye. Things end evenly with one eye apiece and that's where it stops. Sounds fair to me.

redstorm72

I think the eye is more of a metaphor in this instance.

Same way as 'best served cold' probably does not mean salad.

I know it's a metephor, but it doesn't make sense. It implies that revenge will cascade out of control, but "an eye for an eye" would only effect the two participants and leave them on equal footing. The end result of this "metaphor" would be two people with one eye. No one would end up blind.

I think it means that people always feel justified when they act or react, so they end up taking revenge on the revenge, which they saw as an injustice. What should have been two one-eyed guys ends up, as you say, cascading. In my understanding, the saying's about the principle, not the action.
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#31 Posted by Omni-Slash (54450 posts) -
abso-****in'-lutely.....
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#32 Posted by xxKai (2689 posts) -

depends if you wanna hurt that girl

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#33 Posted by needled24-7 (15902 posts) -

only if it's done right, and the other person knows it was you.

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#34 Posted by Crimsader (11672 posts) -
Revenge is a duty of God. Don't interfere.
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#35 Posted by CammiTac (1179 posts) -

No. I would only end up regretting the things I did to get revenge. Plus, right and wrong is often just a matter of perspective. I would think seeking revenge would only make you no better than the person that wronged you.

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#36 Posted by airshocker (31700 posts) -

Revenge is absolutely worth it when you can do something about it.

So situational revenge is good, IMO.

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#37 Posted by Artekus (15700 posts) -
If you can do it without any negative consequences for yourself. Go for it.
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#38 Posted by TehFuneral (8237 posts) -

If someone cut your balls off, wouldn't you cut his balls off?

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#39 Posted by needled24-7 (15902 posts) -

If someone cut your balls off, wouldn't you cut his balls off?

TehFuneral

yes. and then feed them to him.

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#40 Posted by mrbojangles25 (39155 posts) -

revenge is one of the most petty, cowardly things in the world. Someone got the better of you, tough luck. Learn from it.

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#42 Posted by iskeethunters (925 posts) -
I'm reading Alexandre Duma's "Count of Monte Cristo". HELL YEAH IT IS. That guy would be able to get revenge on vengeance itself.