Eye for an Eye – Retribution
Description of the pattern
Equivalent exchange by way of exact behavior. There is no need to "be the better person" because you will be the only one. Doing unto others the same as has been done unto you is true balance.
Why the pattern is good (i.e. bad)
This pattern upholds the running behavior that seems to underline a lot of society. The idea of "Returning the Favor" has evolved and resides in the shadows along with most hidden agendas (see hidden agendas). By keeping a "laser pointer" on the simplicity of what it is in any form, eye for an eye can never truly loose it's muster. It is "instant gratification" the current moment- which is important when there is a demand for quick respond.
How it Works
Eye for an Eye is, in it's purest form, doing exactly what is done to other party that has been done to them. Example: to kill another is to be punished by death. As time as passes, the way in which it may manifest can vary. This is due to the complexities of society. The idea dates back to biblical times- See Matthew 5:38 (king James Version).
mutually assured destruction: I.e. Policies on nuclear warfare