We Must Learn To Forgive
These words are from a sermon delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. that, if applied, could surely guide our country back to civility and constructive discourse: “We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. Those who are devoid of the power to forgive are also devoid of the power to love. There is some evil in the best of us and some good in the worst of us. When we discover this, we are less likely to hate those with whom we disagree or whom we deem to be different.”
Oh, that we would adopt this approach!
“The quality of mercy is not strained. It droppeth as the gentle rain from Heaven.” – The Merchant of Venice.
The human qualities of mercy, decency, and empathy are attributes of those humans who are the most evolved.
The lesser evolved have no empathy, no decency, no consideration for others, so they abandon their own progeny, they attribute no value to their peers, they have as much respect for life as any animal who kills thoughtlessly – but at least the animal kills to eat.
These people are problematic in our society.
MLK had it so right. He was a Christian who understood that there is of God in each one of us. And some of the Devil. Some bad in the Good, some good in the Bad.
Mercy “.. is not strained…. It is twice blessed; it blesseth him that gives and him that takes”.
Forgiveness is Divine. We might not be able to bestow it, but we probably ought to try.
if u would be loved, be lovable. b franklin