When there is no clear-cut plan, the people run wild. That is a perfect analogy of the situation of our environment. We've had all sorts of vague visions, 2000, 2010, 2015, 2020, 2030. You don't just pick a date and sing 'kumbayah' hoping everything will work out. What are the yearly goals, quarterly goals with which we will measure our progress? Unless we break down and put names (to be held accountable) all the violence and cluelessness will not end. Planning works, hence the saying; failing to plan is a wonderful plan to fail.
Forgiveness, just like Love, has definitions to varying degrees or like an onion—layers. I always thought I had the forgiveness thing locked down, yeah right! Just like the proverbial out of the blue, it hit me that I had just erased that part from memory and decided the type of forgiveness I wanted to extend. I found out that I couldn’t (or at least that’s what I had subconsciously agreed) go back if I had the chance. On my way home, it became evident that this sealed can of worms had been in the basement and it is already stinking. It took an interviewer’s probing questions for me to shed light on that chapter in my life’s story. Forgiveness is absolute, but just like everything else, we make it relative and as such varying standards abound. This means what I call forgiveness may not cut it for someone else. While my version of forgiveness may be shallow and warped, yours may be brutally honest. Ultimately, we are responsible for our versions of forgiveness, while it is in our best