In my first installment I discussed the topic of "This I believe..." and I chose the topic of forgiveness and the power that it holds. The word forgiveness can be seen in many ways through the study of the morals of philosophy. I was intrigued by a blog post that was written by a modern day philosopher, Justin Caouette. Caouette studies philosophy at the University of Calgary and writes about the power of forgiveness and how it works throughout humanity. When humans analyze the word forgiveness and contemplate what in life is worth forgiving and when anger should be priority over forgiveness we choose to look at the idea of "blame". Throughout the blog post, Forgiveness, How Does it Work?, Caouette the process of humans shifting from blaming someone for their faults to forgiveness and what that really means emotionally and psychologically. He categorizes forgiveness into two sub categories of cognitive forgiveness and emotional forgiveness. After reading and comparing my past with both types of forgiveness I believe I was in a state of emotional forgiveness. I have forgiven my coach and my past in order to move on emotionally, but there will forever be a hurt that lies between me and my relationship with the man that hurt me the most. I feel that it is harder to let go of something that may have harmed us in the past if time wasted with the thing that harmed us. I put a lot of time into the college I was going to go to and when I felt like 4 years was wasted along with my freshman year of college, forgiveness becomes a more difficult pill to swallow. But as time heals and forgiving becomes easier, we heal.
Forgiveness: How does it work?
Justin Caouette's blog post, Forgiveness, How Does it Work? http://aphilosopherstake.com/2012/06/12/forgiveness-how-does-it-work/