Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Indifference and Forgiveness
We have to develop a certain level of indifference or else we would be paralyzed with grief. The amount of suffering that constantly flows in the world would be overwhelming. Even if we set aside the visions of starving children or the latest genocide, there are people in our own communities who are in pain. If we didn't have a shell, our own lives would be filled with sadness.
At the same time, indifference may be our greatest sin because it can so easily be justified. After all, we're busy. We have our own worries. Our schedules are tight. And yet, when many of us think back on life's injuries, some of the most grievous stemmed not from the wound itself but from the indifference of others to the injury or the pain. We like to think that if the situation were reversed, we would have blown a bugle and summoned forces to the aid of a friend, but perhaps that is too self-serving. The ranks of the indifferent are mostly filled with good people who, as with the indifferent souls in the story of The Good Samaritan, walked on by.
When we forgive the others, we may be forgiving ourselves.
Posted by Michael Wade at 7:03 AM