Re: virus: Bible and Tit-for-Tat
Tue, 9 Jul 1996 00:54:36 -0500

> Somebody once told me that this Biblical advice was not a call for
>revenge, and not even that much an idea of response-in-kind, but an
>advice to savages that taking *just one* enemy's tooth for every tooth
>they cost you may be preferable for the society, as a way to prevent
>escalation of violence. It can be quite useful in a society of freshly-settled
>nomadic warriors who find themselves in frequent conflicts of interest with
>suddenly abundant neighbors, and hardly any law [enforcement].
> I have no means to verify this with the authors of the Bible, but this sounds
>like a good example of a socially-useful meme.
But it also says a life for a life, what if you kill ten people? Or a
million(approx.) 'Vlad the Impaler' ...Lasher.