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A moral apology is an apology for wrongdoing in which

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Unformatted text preview: hewan Law Review 2002 Apologies are not just about the past; they imply a commitment to future reform. A moral apology is an apology for wrongdoing in which the speaker admits moral responsibility for wrongdoing, expresses sorrow about it, indicates a commitment not to do similar things again, and makes relevant practical amends. It makes little sense for a political figure to apologize for lying if he is prepared to go forth and lie again, or for institutions to apologize for tolerating racism or sexual harassment if they are not committed to future reform. Apologizing indicates that one recognizes that what one did was wrong, which implies disassociating oneself from such actions in the future. FORGIVENESS MORE THAN JUST MAKING INJURED FEEL BETTER Susanna Braun / Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy / 2002 / Page 1 However, forgiveness consists of more than making an injured party feel better; it is something that an injured party offers to another - typically, the wrongdoer. n7 The forgiving response is outward-looking and other-directed making a difference to the wrongdoer as well as to the injured party. n8 Although there is an emphasis on the outreach of forgiveness, an injured party exercises some healing power within by undertaking the objective to forgive another. n9 Forgiveness, as Desmond Tutu explains, does not consist of merely forgetting the wrong: In forgiving, people are not being asked to forget. On the contrary, it is important to remember, so that we should not let such atrocities happen again. Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been [*496] done. It means taking what happened seriously and not minimizing it; drawing out the sting in the memory that threatens to poison out entire existence. It involves trying to understand the perpetrators and so have empathy, to try to stand in their shoes and appreciate the sort of pressures and influences that might have conditioned them...Forgiving means abandoning your right to pay back the perpetrator in his own coin, but it is a loss that liberates the victim. SLHS Value File Autocracy Bad AUTHORITARIANISM DOESN'T FACILITATE EFFECTIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Morton Halperin et al, Senior...
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