What has anger loved, touched, created, healed or restored? Whom has it forgiven? The condition from which right action arises is acceptance, not anger. But we’re chronically heedless, still at the altar of our intentions, still doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.
After being raped at age eight, Maya Angelou stopped talking. Later she described forgiveness as the best gift we can give ourselves. True forgiveness invokes surrender. Surrender is the province of the strong.
No man is free who cannot forgive.
Forgiveness recognizes that every person acts according to his highest level of consciousness. Which, in some cases, is lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut.
More suffering is caused by men who take offence than give offence. The quicker we take offence, the more resistance we have. Jesus’ Zen-like teaching on this dukes the mind: Resist not evil.