​© 2016 Amber Johnson, Assistant Professor, Communication Department, Saint Louis University. 

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Forgive because it is selfless. 

FORGIVENESS is rising toward a higher state of understanding that includes EMPATHY for all living things. It is ACCEPTING the realities of societal conditioning, genetic predisposition and physical determinism as they shape the actions of both yourself and others.

Forgive because it is selfish. 

HATRED is poisoning yourself in an effort to hurt someone else. Carrying a GRUDGE weighs you down, saps your energy, inhibits your creativity, and prevents you from loving yourself and those around you to your full potential. FORGIVENESS is finding

FREEDOM FROM THE PAST.