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In contrast to duty-based approaches to forgiveness, virtue-basedperspectives suggest that the overcoming or forswearing of angryreactive attitudes characteristic of forgiveness must be grounded in orexpressive of relatively stable and durable dispositions or charactertraits. On such views forgiveness is a virtue, or is at least closelyaligned with one or more of the traditional virtues such as magnanimityor sympathy. Within ancient Greek thought the views of Plato andAristotle on the relationship between anger and living virtuously arenoteworthy, as is the Christian traditions' understanding offorgiveness as love or compassion.
The relation between God and forgiveness arises as well inphilosophical discussions of the problem of evil. For example, it issometimes argued that the existence of such morally good things asbenevolence and charity depend, logically, on the reality of specificevils such as pain and suffering. As applied to forgiveness, thissuggests that human wrongdoing is a logically necessary condition forthe moral good of forgiveness. This line of thinking belongs to thosetheodicies that propose a necessary connection between good and evil,such as that human free will, itself a good thing, requires theability to do wrong, which is the presupposition of forgiveness,another good thing (Mackie, 1995). But other philosophicalconsiderations track in a different direction, as for example whenGod's relation to time is considered. If God is outside time as weknow it, then it seems He cannot forgive human beings sinceforgiveness, a temporal term, logically presupposes temporally priorsins. And even if there is some sense in which a temporally eternalGod forgives human wrongs, it seems that cannot be a true descriptionof human forgiveness since we are temporally finite beings whosewrongdoings and forgiveness occur at specific moments withintime. These considerations also cast doubt on the intelligibility ofthe idea that humans must forgive one another their trespasses inorder to become more like Jesus' human incarnation of God and warrantdivine forgiveness.
Given the implications of the Third Axiom that there is no-one and no power in the universe to please or assuage other than ourselves, and the difficulty in controlling the impulse of humankind to strike back at those who cause them harm, how can the Society of HumanKind continue to foster and encourage forgiveness amongst its adherents? Why should it attempt to convince its followers that they should suffer injury without response, if they see an opportunity to be avenged with impunity? In that connection the Society will be able to point to our past experience and suggest that unrestrained individual revenge and redress directly raises the prospect of an anarchy that would shatter the stability of our society, and destroy all hope for the realisation of its Aim. In advocating forgiveness on these grounds the Society will repeat the oft-repeated claim of these Essays that one of the more powerful and beneficial consequences of the emergence of the Society of HumanKind is to bring about a unity between defensible moral conduct and the self-interest of every individual. While the practical answer to that question is given in the Treatise on Justice, the moral justification for forgiveness is to be found in the Principle of Progress as it is applied to the issues explored in the Treatise on Peace. By that approach the Society is able to argue that we must always be prepared to forgive those who injure or harm us where that is a requirement for the preservation of the social order on which the co-operation essential to the achievement of the Objective of the Dogma, and consequently the Aim of the Society, vitally depends. While the free essays can give you inspiration for writing, they cannot be used 'as is' because they will not meet your assignment's requirements. If you are in a time crunch, then you need a custom written term paper on your subject (forgiveness)
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