Author Topic: #MeToo and The Morality of Forgiveness  (Read 71 times)

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Offline MH

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Re: #MeToo and The Morality of Forgiveness
« on: September 24, 2018, 06:30:20 am »
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.

...and she's looking over the fence asking the other group about their moral stance also.  I understand it.

For starters, I feel that an essential element is sincere remorse.

I have also read this in my friends' posts.  But you absolutely need trust to evaluate sincerity from a public figure so there is a chance that nothing they do will be assessed as adequate.  It may also be that someone is effectively forgiven, like Ansari say, but the media coverage of the negativity hides the fact that they are generally accepted.  I would like to see it happen once, though. 

Can you forgive someone who doesn't feel they've done anything wrong? Personally I don't think so.

Of course not.

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.

Kavanaugh was in his teens for the attempted **** allegation.

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.


I don't either.