Posts Tagged: forgiveness
Over the weekend, newspapers across the country shared headlines of forgiveness from the families of the nine slain. The dominant media narrative vigorously embraced that notion of forgiveness, seeming to believe that if we forgive we have somehow found a way to make sense of the incomprehensible.
What I do know is that love reckons with the past and evil reminds us to look to the future. Evil loves tomorrow because peddling in possibility is what abusers do. At my worst, I know that I’ve wanted the people that I’ve hurt to look forward, imagining all that I can be and forgetting the contours of who I have been to them.
Over at NYT Magazine, Etgar Keret slips us an essay on teaching his son the art of forgiveness:
The minute we got into the taxi, I had a bad feeling. It wasn’t because the driver asked me impatiently to buckle the kid’s safety belt after I already had, or because he muttered something that sounded like a curse when I said we wanted to go to Ramat Gan.
It has been several years since all this went down, and from an outsider’s perspective I’ve mostly gotten over it. For a while it put a halt on everything good in my life, but eventually I stopped crying about it. I stopped seeing red on a daily basis, I stopped cursing everyone who knew about the affair but didn’t tell me.
This one goes out to all those young delinquent readers who live in guilt-ridden fear of the public library.
That is, if you are one of the 143,000 kids who have been banned from the NY Public Library due to overdue fees over $15, you are being forgiven, freed from the shame, and welcomed into a whole new world of literacy because the library is deducting one dollar for every 15 minutes of reading as part of their Summer Reading Program....more