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From an ethological approach, revenge and forgiveness is just one side of the die. But when this side is cast a whole new spectrum of ideas come forth. Revenge, according to Michael McCullough is a part of who we are; an instinct that reacts to the feeling of injustice toward us. At times, revenge is compensated by its counterpart forgiveness which allows ourselves to alleviate the once boiling bowl of anger to a chill cup of sympathy. But forgiveness doesn’t come so easily when directed at those we truly despise.
With a semester worth of knowledge in the matter of Ethics, I have come to believe all morals of past, present, and future to sustain the biological approach “survival of the fittest”. For those unfamiliar with this phrase, what is deemed crucial for survival will be the adapt trait required. McCullough started his interview by using an example of his favorite animal, the Japanese Macaque. These creatures when threatened by another Macaque will seek out the family member of the other Macaque’s family and threaten them. A revenge mechanism that shows, “hey, you can’t just push me around without consequences”. With forgiveness, we only seem to forgive those whom we know we will benefit in some way later. According to McCullough, your wife, husband, friend, or parents are such cases we often forgive easiest. Overall this was a great broadcast of further proof of the underlining matter that morality is biologically innate.