What you wrote is beautiful and I suspect deeply personal. I’ve had to forgive while adjusting my trust levels many times . There are people that I know won’t physically stab me but not to lend money to in the future for example. I go “Mea Culpa” and learn. I forgive but I also modify.

What you wrote is beautiful and I suspect deeply personal. I’ve had to forgive while adjusting my trust levels many times . There are people that I know won’t physically stab me but not to lend money to in the future for example.

I go “Mea Culpa” and learn. I forgive but I also modify.

Etymology.
Old English forgiefan “give, grant, allow; remit (a debt), pardon (an offense),”

Or in the world of debt, forgiving a debt means completely wiping it out, which affects both the creditor and the debtor.

A notion of one-sided forgiveness is historically kind of new. It’s a good thing but it’s kind of new.

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I know. But that’s why you also have the notion of forgiveness as total reconciliation between parties.

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There’s conflicting notions as to the nature of forgiveness that’s all.

Now, I’m not a fan of evolutionary biology — I find it to be “just so” stories that are ad-hoc and mostly ridiculous. BUT, they litter the scientific papers.

With that cavaet, their approach in this paper is considering forgiveness from a social angle rather than a psychological angle.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5424269/

But your emphasis is on the psychological angle of forgiveness which I think is far more valuable than any group-social function it may or may not have.

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