Murphy\’s Bye-Laws

Law #4: Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it. –H.D. Thoreau

The Unforgiven

Posted by PintofStout on January 29, 2006

The pure necessity of interaction with others, both personally and professionally, can sometimes lead to disagreements and conflicts. This happens naturally and is inevitable. But when people get hurt emotionally, which is strictly a subjective judgment, redemption is harder than with actual physical harm. When one party feels redemption is achieved to a satisfactory degree, the other party may not agree and the hurt is intensified, making redemption even harder. More generally I ask the question: “Is redemption possible?”

Forgiveness is different from redemption. Forgiveness is a one-party decision; one either grants forgiveness or not. Redemption is different. In the phrase “’Forgive and Forget,” the forget portion would be redemption. It would mean your trust is restored and the conflicting situation is no longer a bearing in your future interactions. But is complete redemption possible? Will we ever forget?

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