Is Revenge Moral?

Statement

If you hurt me, I’m going to hurt you back.

Q1 Analysis

This statement may be a Q1 violation if you think that two wrongs don’t make a right or that violence is never (or rarely) justified.

Q2 Analysis

This statement does not violate Q2 so long as you would not blame someone who feels justified targeting you for revenge.

Discussion

The temptation to commit revenge can be quite strong, particularly in a situation where revenge has the air of justice about it. But before you consider seeking revenge for a wrong done, you need to ponder Q2 particularly carefully.

If you were the person who did the wrong, would you blame the victim for seeking revenge? What if you are sorry? What if the harm was unintentional? What if you didn’t even realize you were doing harm? What if you offered to make restitution but the offer was rejected?

What kind of revenge is justified? Do you do the same thing to the offender that they did to you? What if that’s not possible? What if an innocent party is the obvious revenge target — if a man slaps your son, do you slap his son?

How much revenge is fair? If the offender feels that your revenge was larger in magnitude than the original offense, do they now have the right to seek revenge against you for the overage? Can can multiple small acts of vengeance be used as retribution for one large offense?

What is the time limit on revenge, if any? Would you blame someone for walking up to you at work and punching you in the face because you punched him in the face in high school? Or would you say he "owed you" the punch?

Can revenge be taken against groups instead of individuals? Can you strike at a family for something a member of the family did? Can a business seek revenge on another business? A country on another country?

In which (if any) of the following circumstances would revenge be justified?

You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at LuLu.com and Amazon.com. See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: 2Q

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