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Revenge has been a common theme in society since perhaps the dawn of time We often hear people say Dont get mad get even And indeed it has been ingrained into us that we must get retribution when someone does something wrong to us In many ways revenge is often a means of control it gives us control over someone when someone hurts us in some way Some might say that revenge is an innate quality in humans most likely because of the fact that it gives us some sense of control over a particular situation It is often easier to exact revenge on someone than to discuss a wrongdoing peacefully or to let it go There are numerous examples of this in history Take the judicial system of many countries around the world for example If someone kills a member of your family or your friend you may wish the killer to be dead or at the very least endure a great deal of pain and suffering to pay for his crime We expect these criminals to either be put in jail or sometimes even killed for what they have done We demand retribution from people who commit crimes especially those of this nature And indeed the law in many places agrees with this and the use of capital punishment is commonplace Many people would agree with the saying an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth As such what our legal system calls justice is merely a faade for what is really revenge If a person steals your favourite watch or your most treasured pen your natural instinct is of course to find the person and demand it be returned immediately If the person fails to return it you would most likely want that person to suffer even in some miniscule way for what he or she has done Some people may resort to violence sometimes even people in high positions
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