Thursday, May 29, 2008

On Forgiveness

"Time's march is a web of causes and effects, and asking for any gift of mercy, however tiny it may be, is to ask that a link be broken in that web of iron, ask that it be already broken. No one deserves such a miracle. Nor can I plead that my trespasses be forgiven; forgiveness is the act of another, and only I myself can save me. Forgiveness purifies the offended party, not the offender, who is virtually untouched by it."

--Jorge Luis Borges, from his short story "A Prayer" (1969).

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