To err is human, to be Divine is Hubris
I know I keep bringing up The INCIDENT, but it is currently the major stressor and spiritual blocker in my life currently. And yet it has also brought some embers to life and added some water into my empty pot of spiritual energy.
You hear the phrase “to err is human, to forgive is Divine” over and over again. I have been mulling this over and over in reference to my current situation (along with Jedi philosophy), and I have decided that phrase is pretty close to the definition of hubris. I mean at the end of it all you are proclaiming to be on the same level as the Gods themselves. And the act of forgiving someone does not a Divinity make.
How much of forgiveness is truly ultruistic? When we are children we say we forgive people because an adult demands we do so. All that is is getting the adult off your back so you can get back to playing. As an adult we tend to be forgiving because it is the socially acceptable thing to do. And the “forgive and forget” is bullshit too. You will always remember, it’s what you do with the memory that makes a difference.
So here we are, outwardly proclaiming equality with the Gods but still acting like the lesser beings we areon the inside. Why is it not OK to simply admit our human failings? Why has that become the standard? I know I can’t live up to the impossible. I shall continue to make mistakes as I stumble through this thing called life. I will anger people, and be angry at others. I will think dark thoughts and in moments of human weakness say them. We should not hold ourselves or others to impossible standards where they are doomed to fail.
Also, does “I forgive you, so I guess that means I’m better than you” count as real forgiveness anyway? I’m going no.