Beach Walk 287 – Forgiveness Can’t Be Forced

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.

Hawaiian words
Kala: forgive, unburden

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Beach Walk 286 – Make Peace With War

December 7 in the USA is “Pearl Harbor Day,” remembering the initial surprise Japanese attack in Hawaii. Today’s show is a rewind, back by special request.

My mom just loves show #97, Memorial Day in the Pacific. It commemorates those who died in previous wars, and reminds us that the US got into WWII as a result of the bombing here at Pearl Harbor. The shows this week are all exploring this peace, war, and reconciliation theme.

I really liked this article in our local paper, the Star Bulletin, WWII Adversaries Meet Face-to-Face.

A significant share of veterans from both countries say they respect each other as professional military men who fought for their countries. Now in their 80s and 90s, they don’t want to live burdened with hatred and want to die with peace in their hearts.

Secret Cameraman did a beautiful job on this episode. We really hope you enjoy it.

Hawaiian words
Kala: forgive, unburden

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