Today is a wrap up on the peace and reconciliation topic, as I learned that WWII vets are pretty uniformly split among forgive, be neutral, not ready to forgive.
There can be a considerable amount of cultural and religious pressure, direct and inadvertent, to forgive those who have trespassed against you. I’m probably more than your average proponent of forgiveness, but I don’t want to suggest it’s required or it’s better than the alternatives. I don’t think it can be forced or faked for that matter; it’s better left alone until the person is ready to really experience it. And for some things, that can take a really long time.
My mom called in on the conch line too. Mahalo Mom!
I mentioned this article again from our local paper, the Star Bulletin, WWII Adversaries Meet Face-to-Face.
Kala: forgive, unburden
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