An Eye for an Eye

Justin - Monticello, Kentucky
Entered on September 29, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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An Eye for an Eye

Have you ever wanted to get revenge of some kind on someone who had done something terrible to you first? This kind of revenge has a phrase that isn’t used that often anymore, “an eye for an eye”. The meaning behind this saying is something that everyone either does or thinks of doing at one time or another. The meaning is to get equal revenge or payback on someone who has done wrong to you first. I’ve had many experiences in revenge that proves this saying is true, this is what I believe.

My first experience was about three years ago. It was in the middle of summer vacation, I was at my friend’s house and we were playing video games. We spent almost every day of that summer vacation, and every time he was able to beat me. However, that particular day, everything changed. I somehow was able to win, he had never lost against me and he got really aggravated at me. I got up to use the restroom when he suddenly jumped me from behind and punched me, then he quickly left the room. I got mad and wanted to get revenge, so I waited behind the door for him to come back. When he eventually returned and shut the door, I slammed him to the floor and started punching him pack. It was more violent than his attack on me, but it was still revenge.

There have also been times where I’ve only thought of getting my revenge on someone but never actually made any physical moves on it. I and my cousin were hanging out at the park about a year ago. It was close to October and the leaves were changing. It was a cloudy day and we were sitting near the bridge. While we were sitting there a group of boys (a little older than me at the time) came up to me and my cousin and started making fun of my cousin because he was from a different school. They were trying to pick a fight with him to try to prove that they were tough, and it was getting on my last nerve. I wanted to fight them, but my cousin held me back and told me not to start anything. Eventually they left us alone and walked away laughing. I wanted to chase after them and fight them, but I didn’t because I knew that it would upset my cousin. I didn’t do anything or get revenge, but it was all that went through my mind that day. However, a few days later I felt better about not acting out because sometimes it’s better to not get revenge on someone, even if it makes sense at the time.

No matter what though, even the kindest person in the world can have a dark side and a lust for revenge. Even if they don’t act on the impulse and get physical revenge on the person upsetting or harming them, the impulse is still there. However, there are times where getting even can get you into more trouble than if you don’t do anything about it at all to begin with. Even so, I still believe that an eye for an eye is the right thing to do. This is what I believe to be true.