Vindictiveness Doesn't Pay

Vindictiveness Doesn't Pay May 22, 2009

A study at Bonn and Maastricht Universities has shown that vindictiveness doesn’t usually pay:

A person inclined to deal with inequity on a tit-for-tat basis tends to experience more unemployment than other people….

Anyone who prefers to act according to the Old Testament motto of “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” has on average less friends – and is clearly less than satisfied with his or her life.

What do you think — can tit-for-tat be a good philosophy? Is Jesus’ teaching better (that when someone does something bad to you, turn the other cheek and do good to them)? Or is there a middle way?


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