A note about guilt and forgiveness

When someone looks at me with a gruff sadness and says, I’m sorry, my first reaction is not forgiveness but rejection.  I do not believe they are sorry; I am more inclined to think their being jangles with the burden of guilt and they want to soothe their own nerves.

I ask them, Please don’t apologize any more, but still, often, they assume that same demeanor and murmur, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.  And at times, I find myself taking this stance with another person — someone who has reacted to my words or conduct with hurt and humiliation.

As I go about my day today, I’m thinking about that Egyptian hijacking, and the hijacker who took an entire plane to Cyprus ostensibly to dialogue with his former spouse.  I wonder what he would have said to her.  Did he act from his own pain, or out of empathy with hers?  We might never know, but here in Kansas City, I feel at one with his grief.




To hear one German citizen’s perspective on forgiveness and guilt, click THIS LINK.

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