Why revenge is a wild justice

Quick word on the release of Munir Hussain, the rich businessman who was jailed for severely beating an intruder who had kidnapped his family at knife-point, but has now been freed on appeal. I stumbled across this quote from Francis Bacon, the Elizabethan philosopher, which questions the popular perception that Hussain might have suffered rough justice the first time around. Although I have sympathy with any man who tries to defend his family, I though thought the wisdom of Bacon to be apt.

“Revenge is a kind of wild justice; which the more man’s nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out. For as for the first wrong, it doth but offend the law; but the revenge of that wrong, putteth the law out of office. Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior …”