Someone you love deeply is brutally murdered and you know the identity of the murderer, who unfortunately is acquitted of the crime. Would you seek revenge?
I have no doubt that there would be a part of me that would want to seek revenge. But I wouldn’t be able to. Maybe the murderer deserves a punishment that fits the crime. Maybe not. But even if I feel that the justice system failed (as it
sometimes oftentimes does), who am I to take the law into my own hands?
Thinking it through, if I’m caught taking the life of this person I believe to be my loved one’s murderer, then I’m gonna be put on trial for the murder of someone who, in the eyes of the law, was found not guilty. I’m sure there’d be some sympathy from the jury, but there’s a good chance the prosecutor would do everything in his or her power to block any mention of my victim’s previous trial.
So… no. I wouldn’t seek revenge. Not my place to do so.
What would you do? Is revenge a dish you’d serve up cold? Let me know in the comments.
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.