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Re: #MeToo and The Morality of Forgiveness
« on: September 23, 2018, 05:53:36 pm »
I see what you are saying. 

You can't demand forgiveness either, so maybe the overall level of forgiveness is just how many Kimmys vs Blatchfords out there.

I'm skeptical about Ms Blatchford's overall enthusiasm for the concept of forgiveness. As for me I'm not against forgiveness, but I feel that not everybody is equally deserving.

For starters, I feel that an essential element is sincere remorse.  For people like Weinstein and Cosby, who carried out their behavior over a span of many years and many victims, they don't regret what they did. If they felt any remorse, they wouldn't have kept doing it over and over and over. They aren't sorry for what they did, they're sorry they're facing consequences.  And both steadfastly deny any wrongdoing.  Can you forgive someone who doesn't feel they've done anything wrong? Personally I don't think so.

It's also easier for me to forgive somebody who was young and immature when they screwed up than someone who was already a fully formed adult.  Trump was 60 years old when he said the stuff on the Access Hollywood tape... it wasn't a youthful phase that he may have grown out of... it's who he is.   Roy Moore, ditto.  An established lawyer in his 30s hanging out at the mall trying to pick up girls in their mid teens is just a creep. 

And there's the question of what's to be forgiven.  It's a lot easier for me to rationalize something like an uninvited squeeze or smack on the ass as a simple error in judgment than it is to rationalize an attempted **** as anything other than an act of violence.

This isn't a yes/no type question, and I don't think that myself and Ms Blatchford are opposite sides of the coin on this.

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