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To Understand All Is To Forgive All

May 2nd, 2013 by Michael Tabor

To understand all is to forgive all. Do you believe in this? I think only an omniscient benevolent god-like entity can truly both completely understand and ultimately forgive absolutely everything for example – a child murderer. This is an adage I very often have trouble wrapping my mind around but it is something to which I must cling with all my heart in order to move on and carry on in the face of abject evil.
Everything happens for a reason is another optimistic way to think about the world in which we live. This is almost impossible to swallow when tragedy and unspeakable horror happens but I do absolutely believe in cause and effect even if we don’t understand it. In fact from a strictly speaking scientific perspective everything as an antecedent however as a side note what happened before the big bang???
All life is precious. Well I guess you would have to say – it depends. A pernicious carcinoma is alive albeit the fact that it will have viciously hijacked your DNA and continue to suck the life out of you until you die. Hence what we mean by “all life” we’re referring to humans, mammals, and some invertebrate.

So Whadayathink ? What do you think ? We all have our little terse sayings and general truths that we carry along with us throughout our lives. What are some of yours?

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7 Responses to “To Understand All Is To Forgive All”

  1. magdalena Says:

    What comes around, goes around. Nothing like a little Karma to keep you from going crazy and believe one day those who commit heinous acts against another living being, whether that being is human or animal, will one day get what they deserve. No one gets away with everything. On the other hand, why do bad things happen to good people? It’s simple. No one can control another’s actions and absolutely no one can control nature. We just plod on and do the best we can. That’s all there is to it.

  2. Chip Says:

    To forgive all? I doubt it. I know there are some things that have happened TO loved ones in my life that for which I have absolutely no forgiveness. As a matter of fact, I will be honest enough to say, if I wasn’t an individual with an extreme amount of self control……………………..well, let’s just say that while I do not believe in capital punishment, my exception is when the victim can dole it out to equate some form of justice and prevent others from suffering the same fate.
    As for “Everything happens for a reason”, I can’t buy it. How would one even begin to explain it to any of the parents of the murdered children in Newtown, CT.
    Finally, I’d love to believe that “what goes around comes around” and that kharma will dole out the appropriate punishment; sadly, I never truly have seen it. Instead, I have seen monsters that have everything go their way and I have seen good, decent people lose jobs, houses and in some cases their lives. What about all the drunk drivers, who drive and when in an accident, the sober die and the drunk walks away unscathed.
    Sorry; just don’t buy it.

  3. magdalena Says:

    What matters is how we live our lives regardless of whether or not there are consequences. Therein lies your heaven or hell. We can take the pain inflicted on us and let it destroy us or choose to find our happiness elsewhere, but to carry the burden throughout our lives will only embitter our souls. Peace is a definite state of mind that affects every fiber of our being and is essential to our good health. I don’t believe the sociopath to be a very happy person. People like that create their own misery. They dole out to themselves.

  4. Michael Tabor Says:

    Shakespeare said there is no good or bad but thinking makes it so; which on some level he’s right !!!

  5. magdalena Says:

    I don’t know what Shakespeare was thinking when he said that.

  6. Michael Tabor Says:

    A little late on this reply but anyway I must say it’s hard to argue with you Sue, especially if you’re a hardcore realist. Magdalena’s message is really just to try to eke out a little bit of happiness despite the horror. misery, and wickedness

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