Wrong, as Hegel described it, is “infinite,” and demands infinite judgment. The victim demands that the wrong should become the whole business of the universe. In confronting his adversary and striking him down he will command the world, which is reduced to that one event on which it appears to depend for its vindication. Like all sin, vengeance makes the world a small pseudo-infinite, a substitute for making contact with the true infinite.
Oliver O’Donovan. The Ways of Judgment. Page 26.