Societal Influence on. . . . . . .All Kinds of Things. But, What About Forgiveness?

Stop smoking!  The message worked at least in America as the number of people smoking and their frequency of smoking has plummeted over the past four decades ever since the Surgeon General’s warning of the harmful effects of cigarettes.

Societies can alter opinions, norms, and individual behavior.

I find it almost inconceivable that no secular society to my knowledge has ever consciously and deliberately adopted a strategy of encouraging mercy, forgiveness, and justice for its community members and families. I wonder how such a social experiment might work and I wonder what the outcomes would be.
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  1. Samantha says:

    Insightful. Even the Athenian forum in ancient times focused on justice and not on the triumvirate of mercy, forgiveness, and justice.

  2. Nadine says:

    What an interesting social experiment that would be for a society to deliberately build in the encouragement to forgive for the citizens of that community.

  3. Chris says:

    Societies today seem to be so pressed down to simply achieve the basics that I wonder if this is even possible. Given the choice of clean streets, utilities that work, and snow-plowing in a harsh winter, will those who govern even think about adding to the calendar something as transcendent as forgiveness?


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