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My post today touches a bit on forgiveness, and how do we show compassion to those who have hurt others. Over the just concluded African liberation weekend, the Rastafarian community made yet another plea for the release of Eric ‘Zeye’ Joseph who is serving time at the Dominica State Prison.

Joseph has served twenty-seven years in prison for the murder of Ted Honychurch in 1981. Ted Honychurch was the father of noted local Historian Dr. Lennox Honychurch who was press secretary to the Dominica Freedom Party government at the time of his father’s death.

Speaking recently on State radio, Dr.Honychurch said his family has come to reality of the lost his father and are not opposing the release of Mr. Joseph.

That’s a great level of forgiveness and compassion instilled by the Honychurch family. This is the kind of compassion I’m sorry to say lacks greatly in our Dominican society today. To many times have I seen feud between families carry-on for years.

So how do you show compassion to those who have hurt others? I’d no clue where to begin 😕 . I decided to search the internet for what I believe is the best suitable answer or explanation. After hours of browsing through many different websites, I came across this answer by his holiness The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet – who at the time was addressing a crowd of 65,000 college students from the different colleges around Washington D.C. The Dalai Lama was posed this question:

Q: How do you show compassion to those who have hurt others?

A: With understanding. Understanding the relationship between all living things allows unbiased compassion to all others. People who have hurt others particularly need compassion for two reasons. One, they work against your goal for overarching peace. Secondly, they are probably hurt themselves as they hurt others, so they need more compassion to heal their hurt within.Read it again.

How do you show you compassion to others? Or are you incapable of showing compassion to those who have hurt you in one way or the other. Let’s hear your say.

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3 Comments »

Comment by Dan
2008-05-28 18:05:56

Te French have a saying that goes “to understand all is to forgive all”. Some things should not be forgiven or forgotten.

 
Comment by david dylan
2008-11-04 10:26:45

there are things in life unexplainable but to forgive someone is a big milestone and i think you should show compassion to everyone if they hurt you or someone else close to you becasue i feel bad for them because they are hurt all people need someone there no matter how much you say you don’t you always do and i want to be able to count on everyone i talk to even if its only for five minutes to be there

 
Comment by Criatian M.
2008-11-28 13:34:06

There are time in my life that have been difficult to forgive and forget as the sying goes. But I have come to this conclusion and that is to forgive is to to heal. To heal not only yourself but the person or persons that have caused you harm. This is the only way to not forget but to remember with compassion and not the pain. The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet siad it best.

 
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