Forgiveness Essay

Forgiveness Essay - Thompson 1 Bo Thompson Professor Nolan...

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Thompson 1 Bo Thompson Professor Nolan COMS 145 February 23, 2010 Forgiveness As defined by Merriam-Webster, forgiveness is the act of being willing or able to give up resentment of or claim to requital for. However, as with most things in life, forgiveness can be seen in different ways by various people. For example, those who learn from the Bible are taught to forgive those who sin against them not just seven times, but instead “seventy times seven times”. On the other hand, some may see forgiveness not as something that needs to be present in everyone’s life but instead as something that separates those with good and bad qualities. The great Ghandi is an example of this and was quoted as saying, “the weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”. In order to better understand and possibly make a decision about how forgiveness should be viewed personally, it may be beneficial to first look into three questions about forgiveness: why should we forgive, are there unforgiveable acts, and does forgiveness mean you forget? The first of these three questions is quite simple, why should we forgive? More times than not forgiveness is sought by individuals, or groups of people, following some sort of wrong- doing or mistreatment that has impacted another’s life. In that case why should we forgive? Shouldn’t those who treat us poorly be scorned upon? It may be seen in the eyes of many people
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