Media On Forgiveness
posted by July 10 at 10:32 AMon
Hannah Arendt once wrote:
“The great boldness and unique pride of the concept of forgiveness as a basic relationship between humans does not lie in the seeming reversal of the calamity of guilt and error into the possible virtues of magnanimity or solidarity. It is rather that forgiving attempts to do the impossible, to undo what has been done, and it succeeds in making a new beginning where beginnings seemed to have become no longer possible… The only political expression of forgiveness found [in our times] is the purely negative right to pardon….”Libby is of course an example of negative forgiveness, but there is also something negative about the form of forgiveness that David Vitter received from his wife and God.
“Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counselling”This forgiveness is as empty as Libby’s pardon. It’s empty (negative) because it only goes one way—always to him; never from him, always to those close to the president, never to those who are not close to the president.