Saturday, May 12, 2012

Two Videos on Forgiveness

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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