Vengeance is the darkest of human emotions. It is the belief that any injury that a person deals to you must be returned in kind. At its worst, it leads to feuds and atrocities; reprisals on top of reprisals. The Troubles in Northern Ireland could have ended so much sooner had it not been on for the desperation of either side to let no slight go unpunished. Yet for all this, it is surprisingly common for it to be glorified in the most unlikely of places.
Today, there is a paucity of our more tangible community galvanisers, such as gathering at church or community events, which could ameliorate the risk of social isolation. Perhaps, for the digital natives, social isolation need not be an issue as these physical gatherings are digitally dissolved by global online communities.
As 2011 gave way to a new year it seems the fireworks also reignited the debate on the cost of care provided by local authorities, and the issue of who pays.