Forgiveness

scorp-section-eight-logoFor the past two months I have being attending one of my strange classrooms again. The main reason was to introduce my step-nephew to a different way of life. It will do me no harm either. Last night we discussed the Step about making amends for the harm we have caused. You will see in The Chronicles of the Mexican Horse Thief II that I did this thing years back.   A lot of the sops, those that have being in rehab especially, went on about making amends and forgiving themselves. Whatever.

The spin off discussion was about forgiveness.

As the 12 Step program as it is today originated from a Christian group called The Oxford Group, forgiveness is a big thing. Step 5 is decidedly Papist! The last part of that Step I shall NEVER do. But I digress, back to this forgiveness thing. I did that years ago as well. The problem was that my fellow human bean hone in on this like hungry predators and the more  forgiving you are the more they will fuck you over, stone cold fact.  The Saints were all forgiving, believing in divine justice and all that, most were killed in a horrific manner.  “To err is human, to forgive, divine.”

The groups thought is: If you do not forgive you will hold resentments and everyone knows that resentments lead to using.  The latter I have found to be true.

However…

Retribution is a fine way to get rid of resentments too! Since I have no claims on divinity I stick with the philosophy of:

“Self-preservation is nature’s first law.”

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One Response to “Forgiveness”

  1. Wayne Bisset Says:

    Reblogged this on Section Eight Solutions.

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