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Forgiveness in an Age of Hate

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October 3, 2019
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Shit man, you wouldn't catch me doing that. Hugging my brother's murderer and telling them I forgive them. But he did. Brandt Jean, the brother of Botham Jean who was killed by Amber Guyger hugged her after her sentencing and said that he forgave her.That man has a bigger heart and more love in it than I do, that's for damn sure. Also, it's a miraculous thing to see this day and age with the usual knee jerk hateful and vitriolic overreactions we see. Someone who legitimately had everyone reason to hate this woman forgave her.It's been said forgiveness is not for the perpetrator of the crime, but rather for the individual doing the forgiving. That it heals to soul to rid oneself of any malice towards another human being. It's also been said that to show forgiveness is weak. That it removes the feeling of guilt from the guilty party or that it tacitly endorses their behavior.Fuck. I honestly don't know what else to say. I'm sure I'll come up with something, my life at least, as it probably is in yours...your willingness to forgive is based on the severity of your "injury". No use crying over spilled milk type of reaction. No harm no foul, you get total forgiveness. But...this woman murdered Brant Jean's brother. After seeing the various testimonies and all the evidence, this event should never have happened.This is about the most nothing piece I feel, because I can't really say if he's right, wrong, or otherwise. It was his choice to do this, and objectively I see the merit, but I also see the merit on the opposing view. Truly, I am torn, so I'll ask. Where do you guys stand on this? I don't think anyone can be wrong with how they answer this question.I'm glad that Brandt was able to have the strength to forgive her. I also feel like she got a slap on the wrist. So...where are we with this?

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