Today’s comic is Family Circus.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right.” – Grandma telling her grandchildren PJ and Dolly
“How many does it take?” – Dolly asking her Grandmother
Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right
Grandma is teaching her grandchildren an important lesson. She is teaching them that when someone does something bad or wrong, doing something bad or wrong back to them does not make things better or right.
The idea for this expression comes from math. In math, two negatives equal a positive. However, two wrongs do not make a right when it comes to right and wrong.
What is going on?
Dolly has taken the phrase, “Two wrongs do not make a right,” literally. She wants to know how many wrongs it would take to make something right. This means she wants to know how many times someone needs to have something bad or wrong done to them in return to repay what they did.
The phrase, “Two wrongs don’t make a right,” is often taught to children. When someone does something that hurts someone, the one that is hurt often believes that the way to make things right is to do the same in return. That almost never solves the problem. Instead, the two wrongs will not make either side happy.