Revenge is an intriguing part of humanity because it is often a judge of character. The spontaneous reaction of someone towards the person who wronged them, whether to seek revenge or choose to turn the other cheek, reveals one’s character. Situations in where we are mistreated can also be viewed as some sort of test because although everyone is capable of revenge, in a moment of rage it is much more difficult to have restraint. Francis Bacon states that while revenge may be justifiable, it is unwise.
In his essay he says: “That which is past is gone, and irrevocable; and wise men have enough to do with things present and to come; therefore they do but trifle with themselves that labour in past matters.” Bacon thinks is wiser to move on with life and look ahead instead of being stuck in the past, wasting one’s time.
Sometimes revenge is necessary to stand for rights or beliefs, an example of this could be a revolution, but we need to learn to pick our battles sensibly.
In terms of practicality, I agree with Bacon’s opinions of revenge; I think it is wiser to let someone pay for their wronging than to try and take matters into your own hands. But in reality the world is not all that practical; taking revenge is such a natural emotion that often times if revenge is not accomplished, it feels like a failure. But encouraging revenge is dangerous because of its uncanny ability to snowball and become an evil habit.
I agree that we need to be wary of revenge as it can lead to ruining your own life. Bacon appeals the idea in his essay: “This is certain that a man that studieth revenge, keeps his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal, and do well.” Instead of allowing revenge to take over our lives I think that we should allow the action to suffer the consequences; taking the path of justice instead.