Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Forgiveness?

today seemed the perfect day for this meme.  I’ve been thinking about this for a few days now, so i may as well let it out…

This day brings on so many emotions, which makes it hard, i think, to really post how you feel if it isn’t part of the norm.  Don’t get me wrong–it was an absolute tragedy and one of the most memorable days in our collective psyche.  But i wonder of we learned the lessons needed to learn.  And the fact aht i am actually scared of saying that means to me that we haven’t.

All i have seen in the ten years since the towers fell is an increasing hatred for the “other”.  And i don’t mean Muslims or Terrorists–i mean any group one would identify as other.  What happened to respect for other cultures?  What happened to rational thought?  What happened to loving one’s brother?

i suppose we’re slow to heal, is all.  I mean, there are STILL people who hate the Japanese for Pearl Harbor.

But it worries me, how quick we are to hate as a country.  and before you jump into my shit–i am in no way saying we are the only ones.  Lord knows there are grudges THOUSANDS of years old just across the pond.

Perhaps it is the fact that i am a mother now, and i want the world in which my son grows up to be full of the freedoms and joys i knew.  But that idea is nonsense.  My world was my world, and his world is his world, and the way he looks at it can only be colored by the way i look at it.

I just hope his world includes a little more kindness.

If we adopt the hate and turpitude similar to the group that performed the horrid acts of 9/11, we are no better.  NO BETTER.  In fact (and rev up the hate machines for this one) it makes us worse than them, because it fulfills their ideas about us in the first place.

Commemorate this day as you will, but take a few minutes to focus on forgiveness?  Hate only consumes the hater.


and if you want to attack me for this–please realize this was steam of consciousness and not well formed arguments in preparation for debate.


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10 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Forgiveness?

  1. “Hate only consumes the hater.” I agree!

  2. You certainly went where few of us who consider ourselves spiritual & Christians dare go. Forgiveness is important, but so, so difficult in situations like this. They will have their day of reckoning – that we do know.

  3. Dawn, I so wanted to write a similar post and was worried about who would say what. Kudos!

  4. YES! that his world include more kindness. i believe that if we do what we can right where we are to show more love, more forgiveness, more kindness, we are changing the greater whole.

    you won’t catch me in your shit on this one! i wholeheartedly agree.

  5. Great message! And, I think forgiveness is key and the only way for us to move forward.

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  7. Hi, I’m visiting from SOC Sunday. I’m so glad I did.

    I totally agree with you. Living in the South, I see hatred every single day. And not just against the Muslims. Against anyone who is different. Don’t get me wrong, I love it here. And my family is here, which we keep me tied here, but mainly it is just ignorance.

    I try to teach my girls better than that. I hope that they are listening.

  8. Agreed. We waste far too much energy hating. As for me, I still find myself gripped with the fear. A few weeks ago, I saw an air show downtown in a big city. I was nauseous watching those fighter jets circling the buildings.

  9. Oh how I wish I could agree. I have a bit of a jaded view of the world. I don’t want revenge. I want kindness and fairness in the world but some people will never be capable of showing that to us simply because we were born in this country. It makes me angry but never hateful.

    As for forgiveness? It’s not mine to give. It belongs to every person who lost their life on 9/11.

  10. One of the greatest gifts we’re given in life is free will. Free will of choice of thought. Our thoughts most definitely create our beliefs which in turn creates our reality.

    Feeling a bit jaded about the world? Perhaps it’s a signal to look a little closer inward and discover why you’re feeling jaded maybe towards yourself.

    When we step into judging what others or others are not capable of maybe it’s really a mirror imagine of how we think about ourselves.

    Forgiveness and understandingn is ours to give. We need and ought to be able to give it to ourselves and to others so that we may enjoy a deeper sense of inner peace and contentment which in turns allows us to have greater compassion and understanding for others.

    Hatred is does not make the world go around. Hatred does not heal. Being present in the moment of understanding and compassion for another human being and offering forgiveness is what will create more synergies of love and acceptance to create a better world, one person at a time. One person at a time.

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