Memorial Day Forgiveness

Webster’s dictionary defines the word forgive:
a: to give up resentment of or claim to requital for <forgive an insult> b: to grant relief from payment of <forgive a debt>2: to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) : pardon <forgive one’s enemies>

I was watching an animal show once and I saw something that I thought was amazing. It was filmed somewhere in Africa, on the harsh plains of the uncorrupted animal world. A pack of hyenas was evading a large male lion. Apparently, male lions have the instinctual tendency to kill hyenas. I thought, okay perhaps as easy prey item, right? Wrong, after giving chase for a short time, the lion caught wind of a wounded hyena. He proceeded to slaughter it and then just sat there with the corpse, betraying no move to consume it. For twenty minutes he sat there, just to make sure that bastard was dead.

I fear that this will also be the fate of us.

How really does one forgive? Are we capable doing what that lion cannot? Can we honestly look at each other after being hurt, angered, mistreated, disrespected?

It behooves us to ponder these things. There are many wrongs in this world. And, let’s face it, there is no reward in this world for being a good person, other than sleeping well at night. It is hard to be a good person; you always feel entitled to be treated well in return. And when it does not work out that way, it hurts.

We should think about these things because they are relevant in our world right now. Ask yourself, how am I really going to act with this person now? Our society, our culture, our reality depends on what we do from here on out. Ask yourself, when the time arises that you need to cooperate across the divide, can you forgive them? Should they forgive you?

Can you forgive? Can you really let go the divisions, slights and violence? What cycle does this feed if we are incapable of differentiating ourselves from the instinctual lion?

Or maybe I just take myself too seriously.

Enjoy Memorial Day.

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