As the Boston Marathon is today, I thought I’d reblog this.
I’ve been very caught up in the idea of forgiveness lately as a result of the Boston bombing. As everybody knows I am an atheist so when I see the many “prayers” go out to victims and their families I try to simply see it as people wishing good things for people.
What one never sees however is prayers for the person who committed the horrific act. In many ways you can sympathize with this. As human we feel anger, outrage, hurt. There are many reasons not to forgive. However, what’s interesting to me is that if you believe in the power of prayer, then the perpetrator is just as worthy of prayer as any of the victims if not more so. The victims likely have support of friends and loved ones, whereas the perpetrator is likely quite alone. Again, I’m not saying that perhaps we can be morally okay…
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