Why do humans do this? It doesn't make much sense to me since it's like the most primitive form of law there is. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth? If you see one child hitting another, do you go to the other child and tell them to go ahead and hit back? Of course not.
I remember watching the news awhile after that first grader shot the 6 year-old girl and I was surprised by this comment, "And then the family learned they would never be able to prosecute the child." What the hell? You want to send a 6 year-old to prison? They weren't even talking about the parents of the shooter, but they were literally suggesting that this little kid should be sent to prison. Where is the logic behind that?
Immediately after 9-11, everyone at my high school was hyped up for war. Let's go find the bastards who did this and bomb the hell out of them! Well the people who did it are clearly already dead. So we go for the people who planned it. But for some reason we never catch them. So we go to war with another country that isn't doing what we tell them to do in the name of catching future prospective terrorists and making the world safer. Only the country we went to war with to go after terrorists becomes a haven for terrorists because the killing and violence has pissed off a lot of people there.
And then I look at the Middle East. The Palestinians do something that leads Israelis to die. The Israelis retaliate by doing something that leads to Palestinians dying. The Palestinians then retaliate doing something that leads to Israelis dying. Can you guess what happens next?
We are smart enough to know that all this vengeance and retaliation leads to a cycle of violence that never ends, but we do it anyway. Why?