Someone will often proclaim proudly that we are a nation of laws. Maybe so, but that means we are also a nation of lawbreakers, sinners in the words of the Bible.
While all are sinners, most if not all also want to be the judge, jury, and executor of other sinners. That is what comes of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the laws which derive from that deadly knowledge. Sinners attempt to elevate themselves above fellow sinners by hiding and ignoring their own sins and amplifying the shortcomings of others.
It’s attempted sin management by out sinning the sinner till he becomes too beaten to sin any more. Thus acts of retribution as a response to sin form the basic element of all human history from Adam onward into our day.