The Necessity of Forgiveness
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 6 March 2011, Question 2
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 6 March 2011, I answered a question on the necessity of forgiveness.
Is forgiveness necessary? Religious connotations aside, popular psychology often tells us that we must forgive those who have hurt us, even if they are no longer in our lives. It's "healthy". Is forgiveness really necessary to emotional healing? Should I forgive, if the offending party hasn't recognized his/her fault?
My Answer, In Brief: Forgiveness must be earned by the person who acted wrongly, but a person can always accept that a wrongdoing happened and choose to move on with his life.
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