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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

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Forgveness- What is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness is the act of accepting someone’s repentance for an action they committed that may have caused one harm or hurt. The action that the person may have committed does not necessarily have to have been violent in nature. For instance, a child may be caught stealing a sweet from a shop by his mother. The action itself is not violent and it can be argued that it doesn’t necessarily cause any physical hurt or harm to the shopowner. But, the action is likely to cause hurt to the mother. Perhaps not any physical harm but emotional harm. Actions that can cause harm to a person can be separated into the physical and the emotional.

Hurtful Actions – Physical or Emotional?
If one were to take the former category that if the action committed was violent in nature then one would completely understand the statement as the weak are probably not ‘physically’ able to forgive as they have been violently beaten uo. In many instances, this would not be an incorrect understanding of the statement. But, the statement is not just from anyone. It is from a man who more than anyone in the past century embodied the word of non-violence. A leader of a people who was always willing to forgive despite any physical harm that came to him. The statement seems to indicate that if the world is separated into two types of people – the weak and the strong. Forgiveness is a quality that only the strong are capable of. But, not necessarily the physically strong.

Emotion
The statement is also discussing the nature of man and his wealth, success and strength. Strength should not necessarily be measured by the physical aspects but the characteristic aspects. A man is more strong if he is able to forgive. Why? Strength in its physical sense is usually attributed to those who have the most muscle or who can lift the largest rock (as is the case in the yearly phenomenon that is The World's Strongest Man). But, what would the word strength mean in the 'characteristic/emotional' sense? It probably means one who can carry the greatest burden, fight their way through the most hardships, and travel through the most trials and tribulations. These are probably the emotional rocks, barriers that one is forced to lift up/overcome to get on our way.

Strength
If this is the case, the reason why strength is so important in forgiving is because of the barriers that one must overcome. The barriers that prevent us/ a person from forgiving may range from embarassment from friends and family (a husband having to forgive a cheating wife and vice versa) through to anger (a hustler has confessed that they tricked you into giving you their money). Such emotions such as embarassment and anger are powerful and can control a person's actions. But, perhaps what Gandhi was saying is that if one can forgive then they are not submitting themselves and their bodies to such emotions but are in fact controlling their bodies to determine their own emotions. And if one can overcome them to forgive then they are strong as they have been able to overcome these emotional obstacles and they are stronger than one who submits to his immediate desires whereas the stronger person controls them.

If you have any criticism of my comment, I am more than happy to listen as I am by no way near perfect - just ask my family!! please email me at sdslrn123@yahoo.co.uk

Forgveness- What is Forgiveness?
Forgiveness is the act of accepting someone’s repentance for an action they committed that may have caused one harm or hurt. The action that the person may have committed does not necessarily have to have been violent in nature. For instance, a child may be caught stealing a sweet from a shop by his mother. The action itself is not violent and it can be argued that it doesn’t necessarily cause any physical hurt or harm to the shopowner. But, the action is likely to cause hurt to the mother. Perhaps not any physical harm but emotional harm. Actions that can cause harm to a person can be separated into the physical and the emotional.

Hurtful Actions – Physical or Emotional?
If one were to take the former category that if the action committed was violent in nature then one would completely understand the statement as the weak are probably not ‘physically’ able to forgive as they have been violently beaten uo. In many instances, this would not be an incorrect understanding of the statement. But, the statement is not just from anyone. It is from a man who more than anyone in the past century embodied the word of non-violence. A leader of a people who was always willing to forgive despite any physical harm that came to him. The statement seems to indicate that if the world is separated into two types of people – the weak and the strong. Forgiveness is a quality that only the strong are capable of. But, not necessarily the physically strong.

Emotion
The statement is also discussing the nature of man and his wealth, success and strength. Strength should not necessarily be measured by the physical aspects but the characteristic aspects. A man is more strong if he is able to forgive. Why? Strength in its physical sense is usually attributed to those who have the most muscle or who can lift the largest rock (as is the case in the yearly phenomenon that is The World's Strongest Man). But, what would the word strength mean in the 'characteristic/emotional' sense? It probably means one who can carry the greatest burden, fight their way through the most hardships, and travel through the most trials and tribulations. These are probably the emotional rocks, barriers that one is forced to lift up/overcome to get on our way.

Strength
If this is the case, the reason why strength is so important in forgiving is because of the barriers that one must overcome. The barriers that prevent us/ a person from forgiving may range from embarassment from friends and family (a husband having to forgive a cheating wife and vice versa) through to anger (a hustler has confessed that they tricked you into giving you their money). Such emotions such as embarassment and anger are powerful and can control a person's actions. But, perhaps what Gandhi was saying is that if one can forgive then they are not submitting themselves and their bodies to such emotions but are in fact controlling their bodies to determine their own emotions. And if one can overcome them to forgive then they are strong as they have been able to overcome these emotional obstacles and they are stronger than one who submits to his immediate desires whereas the stronger person controls them.

If you have any criticism of my comment, I am more than happy to listen as I am by no way near perfect - just ask my family!! please email me at sdslrn123@yahoo.co.uk

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