Good Question

The Philosopher's Playground asks a question I've thought about a good deal over the years, probably because I was raised as a fire & brimstone Protestant before turning into a live & let live hippie. Is there a statute of limitations on bad acts? And, more broadly, what is the nature of confession & forgiveness? Click through to read the discussion, including my answer in comments to the post.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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  1. It is a good question. I’m still pissed off at Hitler and Pol Pot, and so magnitude has to be factored in. For personal wrongs performed and experienced, betrayal is really hard to forgive. Physical harm and stealing both function to efface trust, but this is reparable. Aristotle’s approach of categorizing and focusing on the concrete particulars resists simplicity and elegance, but it is probably the best.

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