Politics & Theology: Logos, Agape, & Forgiveness

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Davis M.J. Aurini

Trained as a Historian at McMaster University, and as an Infantry soldier in the Canadian Forces, I'm a Scholar, Author, Film Maker, and a God fearing Catholic, who loves women for their illogical nature.

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  1. zhai2nan2 says:

    Forgiveness isn’t necessary until you feel the desire for revenge.

    Revenge is bad for the individual (Buddha said so, anyway) but obviously very useful for communities.

    When a saber-tooth tiger eats your next-door neighbor, and you fiercely desire revenge on that tiger, you’re destroying your life, you’re wrecking your mental health. But you’re also making it much more likely that your tribe will live and that tiger will die.

    We desire revenge because it’s an inborn evolutionary instinct.

    Now, if we manage to somehow raise ourselves up from savagery to become rational philosophers, we should be able to discard the emotions of revenge. That doesn’t mean we have to also discard any and all kinds of restrictions on our tribal behavior.

    So, yes, forgive everyone. Never give into the emotional desires of hate.

    That doesn’t mean, never hand out punishments. If you must punish, punish without any kind of emotion.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You Spider Jerusalem fan ain’t – yeah?

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