The Forgiveness Field: Martin Buber, William Blake, and David Bohm, by Rod Tweedy
Quantum Therapy: How Forgiveness restores the relational field
“Forgiveness is the great yes” – Martin Buber
“Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been done. It means taking what happened seriously and not minimising it; drawing out the sting of the memory that threatens to poison our entire existence.” – Bishop Desmond Tutu
“The Spirit of Jesus is continual forgiveness” – William Blake
“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much” – Oscar Wilde
The concept of forgiveness is often understood as operating within traditional ethical and philosophical contexts and frameworks involving issues of moral agency, moral standards, and moral virtue. But there’s another tradition of thinking which sees forgiveness as in a sense a transcendence of, or even a radical challenge to, normal or normative ‘moral’ thinking, with its emphasis (as Martha Nussbaum suggests) on the more ‘transactional’ or ‘performative’ aspects of ethical behaviour and decision-making – for example, calculating the pros and cons of forgiving someone, or weighing up the possible health benefits of forgiveness, which seem to imply and draw on a sort of moral ‘logic’ or ethical equation.