By Diana Hsieh
In Sunday's Philosophy in Action Webcast, I answered two questions on forgiveness. The first question was:
Should we forgive ourselves? How can a person free himself from guilt over past errors and wrongs, particularly irrationality? Should such a person forgive himself – and if so, what does that entail?My answer, in brief:
The idea of "forgiving yourself" is somewhat metaphorical, but it's useful for applying objective moral standards to yourself when recovering from a wrongdoing.Here's the video of my full answer:
The second question was:
Can an ordinary person do something unforgivable? Could a friend act in a way that would make rational forgiveness impossible? Might a person do something so hurtful or unfair that you couldn't ever trust them again? In such cases, how should the person wronged acted towards the unforgivable person?My answer, in brief:
People can do truly unforgivable things, particularly when they betray the fundamental basis of the relationship.Here's the video of my full answer:
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