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REVENGE: A LAZY FORM OF GRIEF


In the 2005 film, The Interpreter, Nicole Kidman plays the role of Sylvia Broome, a United Nations translator who overhears an assassination plot. In one scene in the movie, Sylvia talks about revenge and mercy. She speaks of a primitive tribe and a tradition they have in which "a convicted murderer will be bound and thrown into the lake to drown. The victim’s family have two choices -- they can either swim out to save him or they can let him drown. If they let him drown, they will have their vengeance, but their grief will haunt them the rest of their lives. If they swim out to save him, their grief will be easier for they will have found out that the world is inherently unjust."


Sylvia then concludes by saying, "Vengeance is a lazy form of grief."

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