Over the past few weeks, within our School Value of Courage, we have been exploring forgiveness. There have been some thoughtful discussions prompted by a variety of readings, real-life stories and questions such as;
Why is forgiving important?
How does it feel when someone forgives you?
What is real forgiveness?
Should you forgive and forget?
How is asking for forgiveness different from apologising?
Should you always forgive?
Who deserves to be forgiven?
Where does justice fit into forgiveness?
Who benefits when you forgive?
How does forgiveness relate to happiness?
These questions are addressed in different ways and degrees depending on the age of the students, however, the goal, like much of philosophy is in the exploration rather than a definitive right or wrong answer.