“To err is human, to forgive divine”
Well maybe so, but I’ve never known a divine human, isn’t to say there aren’t or haven’t been, only that I’ve never met one, and have no aspirations or beliefs I could ever qualify as one.
A better person? Yeah – something I think all should aspire to, also something attainable.
And that brings me to forgiveness – a good thing when warranted, not so much when it isn’t and been something of a topic lately from spam bin comments to sisters and others.
Forgiving may make the one doing the forgiving feel good about them self or maybe even a little divine, it could also be the right thing to do and heal wounds – but if the offense requiring forgiveness hasn’t been acknowledged by the offender, hasn’t ceased to be, and remains ongoing, forgiving can be likened to dousing a fire with a flammable liquid to extinguish it.
Nothing has been rectified and will only serve to issue a license to perpetuate the offense(s).
That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me – there may arise an occasion where I would turn the other cheek, if so, and struck twice, then it’s on.
That makes sense to me, it is a statement that enough is enough, the only language some understand even if they choose to ignore it.
As a child I used to get into what my mother considered an inordinate amount of fights (fortunately I’m a little wiser now), and though she was a hundred percent behind fight time if the need arose she would tell me when she felt her definition of fight time and mine differed that fighting couldn’t solve everything.
Well, she was right, but there are times when it can solve things, and sometimes fighting has a greater value than unwarranted forgiveness.
People can fight with words or with fists, knowing when to forgive and when accompanied by a willingness to fight for valid reasons determines the value and outcome.
A third option would be to lay down and endure – I don’t believe anyone would consider that a viable alternative.
The point is as I told a sister I haven’t an ounce of forgiveness for the AIM leadership, the havoc and corruption they’ve created which they won’t even acknowledge much less apologize for or make any effort to set things right.
If that makes me a lesser person or further removed from being divine I’m okay with that, all I want to be is a human being as the nations have understood it.
That means honesty in dealing with others, truthfulness, sobriety, providing, protecting, caring, and being there. The only eulogy when the time comes that will matter, that and I was a man who cared about the well being of all the nations and wasn’t afraid of or ever avoided work.