“People cause suffering when they are suffering themselves. Alleviating their suffering will help them not hurt others.”— David Cain
And this is why nothing short of violence or incitement to violence should merit aggression.
Hatred works in a cycle; a bad person doesn’t stop being a bad person by being punished. They’re just driven to seethe underground.
Punishment is useful when we don’t have good solutions – it makes an example of the transgressors, so that others will be fearful of transgressing themselves.
Until the pain of not transgressing is greater than the fear of punishment. Then they snap, and evening news has a field day.
It’s better to try to find ways to make people happy or fulfilled enough so that there’s no room for hatred to grow.
Painting: “Nymphs Turning the Apulian Shepherd into an Olive Tree” by Francisco Collantes