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‘Revenge or Justice’- What’s right?

The effect of any unpredictable loss is no doubt long lasting. Ask a father who has lost his son, ask a sister who has lost her brother, ask a wife who has lost her husband, and ask a country who has lost their brave souls. The feeling is indescribable, the trauma is unforgettable, and the offence is unforgivable. But, we all are rational humans. We need to think rationally and act intently.


‘Revenge’ is the negative word which describes for the phrase ‘eye for an eye’. It is inflicting the same pain to the criminals as has been caused to victims. It is an immediate reaction to any wrongs. It is a popular quote of Cassandra Clare-“Do not seek revenge and call it justice.” In the name of revenge, we often end up in punishing the wrong person or the one who wasn’t involved in any wrong doings. Revenge is an immediate reaction to pain or sufferings with no or very less rational thoughts. In the case of Justice, it is different, justice is a lawful process where with due consideration the right criminal is given a right sort of punishment.

The messing up of justice and revenge thing should be cleared for Nation unity, peace, happiness and pride.

Justice should always be delivered by lawful means. It should only give a productive result or only punish the main culprit rather than criminalizing the innocent. Justice is an act of eradicating wrong and bringing peace to society. It is not a means to harm without any reason. Revenge is always harmful and ineffective. Justice is a belief in humanity and revenge is a way to destroy it. The foremost intent of revenge is to harm, it is one’s expression of hatred and rage. It is considered as an urgent feeling of compensation and restoration. The revenge thing is disillusionment to reality. The revenge could never give complete satisfaction to a victim, but only justice can.

‘It is essential that justice is done; it is equally vital that justice not be confused with revenge, for the two are wholly different’.

‘Social Justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create’- Pope John Paul II

Taking matter in one’s hand seems right but it doesn’t meet criteria for consensual, or community justice.


Justice has to do with fairness, honour and virtue. Whereas revenge brings more revenge, the idea of justice closes the chapter peacefully. Revenge is often an unscrutinized reaction to an emotion. But, Justice is legal, logical, ethical and rational. In the past, these two words ‘revenge’ and ‘justice’ are very much misunderstood and used interchangeably. We should understand that revenge feels right for the immediate recovery of something wrong, but it is always justice which is accepted worldwide and chosen wilfully.

“Peace is important than all justice, and peace wasn’t made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.’’ Martin Luther

“All calls for justice require that victim feel avenged, and revenge is never just if it’s disproportionate.”- Thane Rosenbaum

“There is no greater motivator for evil than a huge sense of injustice.”- Bill Ward

“To seek Justice is a good and noble thing, to revenge out of hatred is something that will devour your very soul”- James Mace

“It is unfortunate that in most cases when the sins of the father fall on the son it is because people refuse to forgive and forget and heap past wrongs upon innocent generations.”- E.A Bucchianeri

“Those who wish to punish the current and future generations for the inequities of a generation long gone, and who equate justice with revenge, are the most dangerous people in the world.”- Dean Koontz

Author: Madhvi

A philosopher, Writer, Traveler, PhD Scholar, Vegan and pet-lover.

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