One saying that I’ve never really understood is this one. “To err is human. To forgive is divine”.
What I don’t understand about it is that I imagine that the forgiveness spoken about is forgiveness that is called for – and that is most typically where one understands the genuine contrition of the other person. I don’t know about you people, but, at least within the compass of my comfortable middle class life, I’ve always found that forgiveness comes as a flood in such circumstances.
This was in my mind recently when I posted on
Colin Allan McAlister’s apology for his racist remarks.
I’m naive about such things, and the quick read I gave to Andrew Landeryou that alerted me to the story suggests that maybe lots more was going on.
But I was moved by the apparent genuineness of Brogden’s resignation. Would that a few more of our pollies who’s reaction to such an expos© would be to do a bit more talking under wet cement might act with such decisiveness and honour.