13 May 2016

from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting at 6:30pm: To Forgive

Dear friends,

This Sunday we are discussing: to forgive

This topic is one of the central issues in ethics and even more so in
religion. But of course we are only interested in the ethical discussion
and not religion.

Indeed what do we mean by forgiveness? To forgive someone who's done us
wrong does not mean that it is alright to do wrong, nor does it mean
restitution to a position before the wrong was done. Nor does our
forgiveness mean that the wrong doer might not feel guilt or remorse.

From an objective perspective the harm done cannot be physically
removed, take back nor, so to speak, "unexperience" the wrong done.
However, there is one thing that forgiveness does, and that is to bring
peace of mind to the forgiver. In a way forgiveness is like restitution
of a balanced state of mind rather than a balance of events. But this
begs the question: is to forgive a sign of weakness or a sign of an
urgent need of bringing back mental equilibrium in our life? Does this
mean that our need to have a balanced state of mind is so urgent and so
pressing that we are even prepared to overrule such basic instincts as
revenge and pride.

Best Lawrence

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PhiloMadrid Meeting
Meet 6:30pm
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28010 Madrid
Metro: Bilbao
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Time: from 19:30 to 21h

from Lawrence, SUNDAY PhiloMadrid meeting at 6:30pm: To Forgive

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