Is It Possible To Forgive A Murderer?

547.01 In the News (, After The Genocide, Author Witnessed How Rwandans Defined Forgiveness): It happened 25 years ago – up to 800,000 people in Rwanda killed – mostly from the minority Tutsi community, all of that over the course of just a hundred days. Today the hundreds of thousands of people who carried out those killings live among their victims. Journalist and author Philip Gourevitch has witnessed the unique way Rwandans have defined and navigated forgiveness after the massacre. …

In order to navigate the aftermath of the genocide, the Rwandan government set up this nationwide reconciliation process. …

So they set up a system of community courts – without lawyers – to sort of repurpose a system that really had only been used for small claims mitigation in traditional Rwanda, called gacaca, and have open, communal – what we might call a town hall – format for trials. And then the idea was to hold people accountable and have a system of punishment. And this system banked very heavily on encouraging confession and rewarding it. But the confessions were supposed to be also verified by the community. …

Forgiveness simply means letting go of the idea of getting even, forgoing the idea of revenge. … But it means accepting coexistence. …

Right. Is there any way to determine if the gacaca reconciliation process was the reason why Rwanda was able to move forward? I mean, it was an exceptional, nationwide reckoning. …

And one of the things that I often heard people say – you’d ask them how it was going. And they’d start to say, well, for me, it’s really very tough still. You know, I’m not at all at ease with this or that or the other thing. But then they would say, even as they complained about much of what was being asked of them by having to live together, they would say – but you know, in general – in society, things are much better. I started to hear this, especially towards the end of gacaca and in the years since.

“I took that as a very interesting thing – saying, well, you know, my pains are not gone; my struggles are not over. But the general balance is good. And that means that they felt like something had been gained even if they themselves were not fully at peace – in other words, that the societal peace had been served maybe better than any given individual peace.”

Question: Is it correct to solve the issue in this way?

Answer: This is aerobatics, a climb to the next level. Although you do not understand and do not suppose, you in this you include the Creator who did it all, who created it all, and you agree with His decision and action.

So although they did not exactly come to such conclusions, it is still a very high decision, and it will help them.

Question: Can a person forgive like that? God forbid, his relatives were killed, relatives died terrible deaths, can he forgive the killer?

Answer: He can. Either consciously, while attracting the force of the Creator, or unconsciously.

Question: By law, tough?

Answer: The law is also tough. Or because he understands that there is nothing else, and so on. There are several options for this solution. But the biggest, greatest thing is that a good force acts on all of us.

Here we must agree that this was not created by us and not made by our hands, but we were guided here. And who was guiding us? The same upper force, good and omnipotent. How did it allow this? Etc. That is, here you can already rewind such a tangle.

Question: There is a theory that says: “We need to uncover everything old, open all the old wounds and lay them out.” And there is another one that says: “Don’t do this.”

Answer: Don’t do this. It’s not necessary. We are not able to come up with a proper solution to such issues. And therefore, do not do this.
From KabTV’s “News with Dr. Michael Laitman” 6/10/21

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