Hitting back and biting back can arouse enormous satisfaction, but does revenge really bring self-gratification?
Let us consider what factors then arouse revenge? Persons with vibrant emotions who flare up quickly will perceive injustice to self. Other individuals having been deeply hurt, facing unjust criticism or maybe an unfair legal complaint having being lodged. Even the arousal of bitterness towards an old enemy can stimulate revenge.
In more spiteful cases, a person may need to be taught a lesson that “they will never forget” even bringing that party into disrespect.
The energy of revenge depends very much on the emotional state of the individual or one having malicious tendencies.
Does the avenger experience a gleeful ending or do unfair negative emotions cloud thinking with decision making?
Some consider that revenge can result in harm to self instead of acting as an act of healing and a boomerang effect can prolong the nastiness of the original offence.
In some cases the consciousness of the avenger may let the victim off the hook. The victim often being voiceless due to social status, powerless to fight the other emotionally and even financially.
Overall, revenge is not necessarily considered wrong but generally frowned upon in polite society.
Biblically, religion is not always as puritanical as we may wish, there are dramatic depictions of revenge such as the ten plagues inflicted on the Egyptians and an avenge ridden Jesus overturning the tables in the temple due to those exploiting materialism overriding the message of the scriptures.
Whichever way one views it, revenge is a powerful force wired within us and no wonder is the content in many life dramas depicted in TV programmes and in movies.