Anger, Resentment or . . . Forgiveness?

 
"Forgiveness
 
is the
 
 fragrance
 
the violet
 
sheds
 
on the heel
 
that has
 
crushed  it."
~Mark Twain



8 comments

  1. Ahh .. Mr Samuel Clemens always seems to have an astute and down to earth comment on all things important to the spirit of living harmoniously .. forgiveness is not for those who have offended us, forgiveness is for the one doing the forgiving - for without forgiving those who transgress us our heart is restless and mind ill at ease - to forgive allows us to move on and regain balance in the spirit .. nice little post Stephanie {;o)

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  2. Thanks KW! I found Samuel Clemens' quote to be fairly astounding in its exquisitely simple profundity. And you have provided an intelligent and beautifully stated comment on its true meaning! Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us!

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  3. I must say this is divine. Forgiving does not have to leave a scar oran after taste......

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  4. thanks. and love your comment; very well said, Savira! thank you for your good thoughts!!

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  5. I love reading Mark Twain. I have read about a half dozen of his books. What a pleasure it was to sit in the quiet of my room and get lost in his marvelous and marvelously told stories.

    A story about evil and forgiveness that I found mesmerizing is THE SUNFLOWER, by Simon Wiesenthal. It's a slim volume which includes a symposium of responses from "many eminent persons who were invited to express an opinion on the moral issue posed in the story of The Sunflower."

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  6. @mikeB:He was an astoundingly articulate and talented writer. Think anyone who does not like reading him, must be something of a misanthrope. And thanks for letting us know about "The Sunflower". It seems a 'must-read!

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  7. Stephanie,

    So you won't be in the dark, the premise of THE SUNFLOWER (from the book jacket): A young Jew is taken from a death camp to the bedside of a dying Nazi soldier. The soldier confesses that he had participated in the burning alive of an entire village of Jews. The soldier asks for forgiveness from the Jew. After listening to the story for several hours, the Jew walks out of the room without speaking. The challenging quesitons: Was the Jew right or wrong? Was his action moral?

    Published by Schocken Books, New York. Copyright 1969, 1970. First published by Schocken Books in 1976.

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  8. @MikeB: WOW! that sounds like the kind of book that should be required reading in an ethics class! I looked up the book on Amazon, and the comments left by the reviewers were amazing in their perspective onthe subject of forgivness in such a situation. Thanks Mike!

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