“The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.”
~ Marcus Aurelius
I have always thought vengeance to be the most perfect validation of tabula rasa. When we are born into this world, we know nothing of dissent; yet as we grow, our ideals and values are a reflection of our experiences and the experiences of others. What we see and experience in our journey through life shapes how we perceive people, and how we act when placed in familiar situations.
To a certain extent, revenge is intrinsic, and it is human nature to seek the best for one’s self; being punched in the face will non-coincidentally make you want to punch that person back. That being said, as I go through my own life experiences, I understand now that not every punch you receive warrants a retaliatory response. The beauty of the life is that we always have a choice to make; for each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It is up to the beholder to choose whether that reaction is used for growth, or retribution.