'Revenge!'

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Any form of personal retaliatory action against an individual, institution or group from some perceived harm or injustice. 

Noun, sing.

 Hey Fellow Wordies, 

Has someone wronged you? Not willing to rely on established legal channels? Are you looking to get even? 

This week we investigate the word "Revenge" and how some historically renowned thinkers (from the Sumerians to Shakespeare to...Quentin Tarantino) believe it impacts society at large.

A facet of humanity that can focus or entirely disrupt the reasoning process, revenge has a long and sordid history. It is subject to pithy quotes aplenty and has been scrutinized in music, movies and literature for as long as those media have existed.

Without giving too much away, we arrive at two separate conclusions as to how revenge fits into society. On the one hand, we see that it can be incredibly destructive to the detriment of all. On the other, due to our infatuation with revenge stories and the antagonist receiving their just desserts, it can be unimaginably satisfying and validating. This leaves us with plenty of room for further discussion.

And with that, let's have a few words!