I was thinking about something to write about, and the idea suddenly came to me that many people think that forgiveness is WEAK. So many murders occur due to people feeling disrespected, or being ripped-off, or a plethora of other reasons. If more people understood that it is NOT weak to “forgive & forget”, and that when a person does that from the heart, you call the power of the Infinite Universe to you.
Imagine a situation where there has been a disagreement of some type. One person gets angry at another. The other person gets angry back. The first person gets more angry. In turn, then other person gets even more angry. When does the cycle break? So many times, it never does. Even if one of the people kills the other one, the cycle continues. Anger still builds. The surviving family and friends of the dead person are angry. They are sad, grieving. The person who killed the person with whom he was having the disagreement now has even more to be upset / angry about: he has to worry about the police catching up with him; he has to come to terms with his act. People may want revenge: he has to worry about that as well.
The only way this cycle can be broken is when someone, somewhere, steps up and says “Enough is enough” and sincerely forgives the person(s) s/he is/are angry at. This has nothing to do with any religion, but it does concern spirituality. If just one person steps up to the plate and forgives another, the cycle of violence can be broken….
…Imagine now, the same situation I described above, with two people beefing with one another. One of them steps up and says, “Fuck this shit. Why are we beefing over this shit? I’m not going to get any more angry at you.” Then that person simply walks away. Refuses to escalate the anger and hatred. If more of us would approach situations like this, willing to let go and forgive others for anything, a whole lot of interpersonal violence would end. But you have to understand that it is NOT weak or pussified to forgive and forget. And if others call you a pussy or whatever for failing to fight anger with anger, well, fuck ‘em! Does it really matter to you what others think/say about you? All it takes is ONE person to stand up; set the example; one person to set the standard for others to attain to….if just one person would forgive and let go instead of escalating beef with others….there would be others who would follow that example….
….just some thoughts for today….let me know what you all think….