Tuesday, December 1, 2020

A Dish Best Served Cold


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements.
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What if you set out to get revenge on someone for a great harm that befell you or your family? Then, what if it turned out that that person was not to blame?

20 comments:

  1. I've learned that revenge only hurts the one doing it. So I wouldn't.

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  2. Apologize and then find the right person.

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  3. Being a non-confrontational ostrich-head-in-the-sand kind of person, I don't do revenge. Always a good thing, I think, and esp in a case like this.

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  4. Like Alex says above, revenge always bounces back and hits you.

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  5. I would not plot violent revenge. Actually, I'm reading a novel right now that has revenge as one of its themes and I have a feeling it won't end well. I think I would just keep silent and try to make it right without admitting what I had done.

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    1. That's where I got this question, from a book I was reading. In the end, he didn't take his revenge against the wrong person, but he wanted to.

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  6. I wonder if I could live with the guilt. That scenario would suck.

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  7. I would hope I found out they were not at fault before I did the revenge on them. Otherwise, I would feel terribly guilty and end up apologizing ad nauseum.

    betty

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  8. I would hope that I found out they were not to blame before I hurt anyone. But then again, going after others like that is not my style. I feel KRAMA will bite them in the ass and I don't really have to see it or be there for it....I just know it will happen.

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    1. Well, revenge isn't a great response, really, but. . .

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  9. I let Karma handle revenge. But not saying I never had a hand in it, but I know to keep tiny minimum.
    Stay Safe and Coffee is on

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  10. I'd apologize profusely and would feel horrible for whatever I had done. And probably figure my lesson was learned and NOT go after the right person. Things could get even worse.

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  11. I would do my best to rectify the wrong and hope it was not too late and then move forward and not take any further revenge. In the end, I find that these people who do such wrong get their just desserts.

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