According to Wikipedia: Punishment is the authoritative imposition of something negative or unpleasant on a person or animal in response to behavior deemed wrong by an individual or group. The authority may be either a group or a single person, and punishment may be carried out formally under a system of law or informally in other kinds of social settings such as within a family. Negative consequences that are not authorized or that are administered without a breach of rules are not considered to be punishment as defined here. The study and practice of the punishment of crimes, particularly as it applies to imprisonment, is called penology, or, often in modern texts, corrections; in this context, the punishment process is euphemistically called “correctional process”.
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An eye for an eye is one of the strongest human instincts, but reciprocating harm is not always the best course of action. Punishment sometimes works to condition people not to repeat misdeeds, and threats of negative repercussions can act as disincentives, but our ability to rise above our base instinct for revenge and judge each situation objectively and with an eye toward rehabilitation is one of the highest achievements of humanity and of civilization.
Well… Why am I talking about this…? Before I explain, let me tell you something…
According to social psychologist Kevin Carlsmith of Colgate, the reason for revenge is to achieve catharsis. However, his recent study suggests that revenge is, in fact, counterproductive to achieving that goal. The study explains that those who seek to punish continue to think about the perpetrator, keeping the pain and the anger very much alive in their minds, while those who “move on” or “get over it” think less about the perpetrator. Carlsmith’s team tested this theory by staging an interactive game where players could earn money if they all cooperated with one another. However, if a player did not cooperate, he could earn more at the expense of the others. Researchers planted certain “free riders” who would encourage everyone else to cooperate, but would later not cooperate himself. Two groups were tested–one that could punish the “free rider” (and they all did), and one that could not punish.
Mustering up genuine compassion for those who have wronged us, instead of allowing anger toward them to eat away at us, is the course of action recommended by most psychologists. An exception to the belief that burying the hatchet brings peace to the soul may be sexual abuse: Some victims of these crimes are empowered when given permission to not forgive.
Punishment, Revenge, and Forgiveness… That’s what I really wanna talk about. Once, a friend of mine, we’re blood-related; He keeps bothering me by throwing paper-ball. That’s sucks… You know what I did to him? Well, revenge is definitely more hardcore for me, I threw a scissor on his face. How cruel…? It’s not what I’m thinking at that time. Anger is a deadly emotion for me. I hardly control my emotion when I was 15.
After what happened, I got punished. Of course, that’s not gonna end so smooth. I have to ask for forgiveness. I once was a very cold person. I never say the word ‘sorry’. Why? Because I don’t care. So, what happen next? The first time I said sorry. Yeah, I apologize. Of course, you know, my dad was like,”I’m gonna kill you!” Hehehe…
So, what’s so sweet about revenge…? It;s the satisfaction. But, then, you’ll have to face the consequence and it’s kinda shitty, of course. You got punished!
I’ve been taught that when you do a mistake and you’re sorry, then people forgive you, it’s not gonna end just like that. Yeah…? Yeah. You have to make up for what you’ve done. Make it right, Man! There are consequences for everything you do. It’s not always a punishment but, sometimes, you just have to go through it and get it done.