Forgiveness

It’s a dodge.

Forgiveness is the way you write your moral code after the fact, to match your behaviour.

If everyone is forgiven, then no-one is guilty, and no behaviour is proscribed. Warrior societies are very into forgiveness. They beat their children spare – or stand back and let the bigger kids beat the smaller ones – and they can pretty much expect to be thanked for it.

This is a way in which the “nice” people are doing their bit for the never-ending war effort: forgiveness. In other contexts, we call that being an accessory after the fact.

“What’s good is bad, and what’s bad is good. You’ll find out, when you reach the top – you’re on the bottom . . . ”

Bob Dylan, Idiot Wind

 

Jeff,

June 25th., 2017

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