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Many of you all have brought up good points that we need to think about, and these points are crucial to understanding true justice. However, my argument was not about whether revenge is just; instead, it was about how society shapes our views of justice, and I believe it distorts our belief of justice into that of revenge we use to make ourselves feel better. It does not mean that punishment for a wrong is bad, only that sometimes we seek to punish instead of adopting a different perspective and forgiving. For example, when someone hurts our feelings or does something mean, our first instinct is to do it back to them. This would be revenge by the Oxford Dictionary’s definition, ““The action of hurting or harming someone in return for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands.” Would this truly bring us happiness or could we seek to look past it and grow from the experience? We do not all have to agree, but this was my argument and many have strayed from the point.
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