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Why do we seek revenge?

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Logan G

on 15 January 2016

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Transcript of Why do we seek revenge?

First Stage of Revenge - Being Wronged
We are going to have two characters in the situation, a person named Bob, and yourself. You are driving down the street when all of a sudden a car driven by Bob swoops into your lane and cuts you off. Rage begins to flow through your body like blood in your veins and immediantly you seek to wrong Bob worse than he did to you.
Second Stage of Revenge - Plotting
Just after Bob cut you off, you begin to plot to do the same back to him but much worse to make sure he doesnt mess with you again. Your mind races with ideas that would anger even the most passive driver and all of the sudden you think of the perfect idea. Just as the though appears in your mind, you see the perfect opportunity to carry it out and quickly take action.
Stage Three of Revenge - Action
You merge to the lane beside Bob and accelerate quickly to pass him. In a flash, you swerve into Bob's lane nearly clipping the front of his vehicle and lock up the brakes, reducing your speed drastically
Revenge, Good or Bad?
Is Revenge good or bad? Revenge is highly debated and can be seen as an evolutionary trait to show other organisms we are not to be messed with or can be interpreted as just bad manners.


Revenge information
Revenge is a very dangerous trait that when in effect, takes complete control of you and doesnt loosen its grip untill what your minds image of "Justice" is achieved. This is most likely due to the fact that the part of the brain that governs reward and addiction also controls thoughts of revenge. Experiments show that the vast majority of people that carried out acts of revenge felt guilty and didn't feel like what they did was right. Revenge is the defintion of "An eye for an eye mentality makes the entire world blind"
Why do we seek revenge?
By Logan Griffith
Stage Four of Revenge - Watch
You look in your mirror, admiring your handywork as an expression of fury creeps over Bob's face. You look closer and realize that Bob's expression isn't fury, but horror. Shock hits you like a tidal wave as you witness Bob slamming on the brakes, attempting to stop his car from colliding with yours but in the blink of an eye catastrophe appears.
Why does revenge matter to me?
Revenge is part of our everyday life and governs many of the decisions that we make. Revenge may not be easy to see, but let me play out a scenario for you...
Stage Five of Revenge - Regret
You watch Bob swerve to avoid you, driving into the other lane in the process and losing control of his vehicle. Bob's hands grip and pull at the wheel, desperately trying to clean up the dangerous situation. You helplessly watch him as his automobile violently slams into the side of a metal guardrail.
Now that you have a "Bird's eye view" of the situation, evaluate how revenge played a role. Revenge in our daily life may not be as major as this situation but as small as a subtle gesture. Revenge matters in our daily life because everyone does it, regardless if we know it or not. We seek revenge to make sure that people do not wrong us again but sometimes we seem to cause more harm than we anticipated.
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