Lex talionis is the law of tribal societies based on balanced opposition among groups, potential retribution being the main form of deterrence against attack. Civil societies require civility; replying to injury by injuring back is a violation of civility, lowering all parties to uncivil behaviour.
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We say: do not lower yourself to the level of the one who injured you. Two wrongs do not make a right; two wrongs double the initial harm.
We urge: be the bigger person who is strong enough not to retaliate. We teach: be civil, and if others are not, that is on them, not on you.
We plead: be civil; do no harm. Identification of victims and oppressors is not on an individual basis. Certain genders, sexual preferences, races, religions, classes, etc. Now there is no doubt that in the past many people have been oppressed, have suffered, and have failed to reach their potentials, among them many women, blacks, homosexuals, workers, and Indigenous people.
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I am sympathetic with these people because I come from a community that has historically suffered enslavement, forced displacement, discrimination, pogroms, and attempted genocide that killed at least 6 million Jews in Nazi Germany. However, the problem with privileged access and special benefits for some is that it victimizes those in other categories who received reduced access and a reduction in benefits.
The de facto discrimination [in elite university admissions] against Asian and Asian-American students is spectacular, undeniable, and shameful. Asian-American groups pursuing litigation against these policies have demonstrated that students of Asian background on average have to score points above white students to have similar chances of college admission — and points higher than Hispanic students, and points higher than black students.
A recent example is the announcement of research grants for social justice journalism at Brandeis University, for which only females and people of colour are eligible. Terrence L. Trezvant September 28, If someone does something bad to you, getting revenge will just make the situation worst. Why did you get revenge on me? You know that two wrongs don't make a right , do you?
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The world's oldest copout. Obviously this term was coined by someone who had just wronged someone and feared their wrath. I know I just punched you in the face for no reason even though you were minding your own business, but don't hit me back because two wrongs don't make a right bro. Something an arsehole whines when you treat them the same way they treat you.
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The next question is: If you are susceptible to this confusion what do you do about it? Most people turn the map around to line it up with the way they are going. This makes the way the world looks on the map the same as the way it looks to them. In many situations that's not a bad solution. But you might still be interested in another. Anyway, it's always fun to know about other ways to do things.