Question of the Day ~ 1st December, 2014 ~ REVENGE

Is revenge sometimes justified?

It is one of the simplest classes of stabilising factors for cooperation, but far from the most powerful – the problem comes in complex situations where it is easy for the perpetrator to redirect anger to another – so revenge doesn’t actually get at the “cheat” – but instead perpetuates injustice.
That is where our modern legal system seems to have taken us.

It seems that when the situation gets as complex and diverse as the situation we find ourselves in now – we need to go far past the simple revenge/retaliator class of strategies, and into the abundance class of strategies that removes the whole notion of cheating at the survival level, and then use near instantaneous communication between trust networks to remove any higher level incentives to non-cooperative behaviour (in the sense of posing a danger to the life and liberty of anyone else).

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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