Listen to the stories from Caroline Keem who found forgiveness in an email flame chain and Madeline Bialecki who learned that the act of forgiving may be accepting people at their word.
Michael McCullough describes science that helps us comprehend how revenge came to have a purpose in human life. At the same time, he stresses, science is also revealing that human beings are more instinctively equipped for forgiveness than we've perhaps given ourselves credit for. Knowing this suggests ways to calm the revenge instinct in ourselves and others and embolden the forgiveness intuition.
A special edition of the full-length tracks of the music played in the program. We asked for your song recommendations and chose more than a dozen. Listen and read some of the reasons why these songs were recommended.
Pertinent Posts from the On Being Blog
The story of a woman whose son was murdered, and her struggle to end the cycle of violence in north Minneapolis.
When a poet is assaulted in a grocery parking lot for the length of his shorts, what does he do? Write a poem. A guest post from Luke Hankins.
McCullough's reference to Mad Max and Death Wish prompted us to put together cinematic revenge moments for the program. In the end, it didn't fit but why not let you hear them?
We asked for your song recommendations, and you delivered scores of them.
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"Cool Jeweled Dreams (Oceans in the Sky)" accompanied by the photographer's caption: "And suddenly, they could reach out and touch their dreams, for God had made the impossible… possible.
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