SHOULD I FORGIVE?
Nowadays it is very fashionable to hate, to be angry, righteous and opinionated. Somehow, it feels like strength. Is it? yesterday I saw a documentary about the life of Gandhi, I did not realize, that he himself was beaten close to death few times in his life. Especially in the years he spent in South Africa as a lawyer.
In all the times that he was brutalized he never thought of revenge. He never allowed himself to become bitter and hateful. In his recorded words about that he said, “ I do not choose to hate because hate is damaging to me a lot more than to the person that I hate”. He realized that vengeance, hate and violence are poisonous to the soul. So he chose a life of non-violence and non-hate, a life of forgiving his oppressors. We all know that he was able to liberate India through the method of non-violence and he was an example to many leaders after him including Martin Luther King Jr.
So how is that connected to you the reader? I suggest that we all contemplate the issue, or theme of non-violence, forgiveness and tolerance. These are not easy to practice or accomplish, but are very worth contemplating.
Tomorrow is Yom Kippur, the Jewish highest holiday. One of the most important principles of that holiday is the principle of forgiveness. Forgiving ourselves and others as a way to clear the slate so we can tap into new levels and new possibilities for ourselves and indirectly influence life around us.