We intend Forgiveness as the Latin ‘indulgentia’.
No wise individual holds resentments. A sage does not nurture feelings of vengeance. No saint is such without a solid forgiving attitude.
All of us should step beyond injustices and injuries. Indeed, it is a philosophical duty not to pay attention to the wrongdoings of nasty people at our expenses. In fact, the more we forgive the higher it is our level of control, serenity and WISDOM. But FORGIVENESS is not a virtue easily reachable. Thus, it requires a spiritual TRAINING, a firm GUIDANCE and a thorough SOUL-SEARCHING.
FORGIVENESS is not only a philosophical concept. As a matter of fact, it is frequent in theology, spirituality and many doctrines. Nonetheless, it is more a practice than a notion. And the practice is way more difficult than the notion. Also, because the difficulty depends on the strange opinion that FORGIVENESS would be evidence of unmanly attitudes. The saying goes that “real men” must always call their rivals and opponents to account. However, this assumption comes out of shallowness and shortsightedness. It is evident that if the two sides of a feud always reject any indulgence there would never be a solution. So, they would only keep alive an endless circle of retaliations on both sides of the confrontational line.
We intend Forgiveness as the Latin ‘indulgentia’. FORGIVENESS requires the forgiver to be strong and humble at the same time. In other words, forgiving is only possible when the subject is strong enough to control his automatic instincts of revenge. And when he is humble enough not to think of himself as an untouchable, superior, infallible creature.
This is Sokratiko’s way to interpret the notion of FORGIVENESS. Please continue to browse our list of philosophical TOPICS by clicking on the other entries of our list.