McCullough's insight into social behavior and how it is advantageous to forgive makes perfect sense. From that point I jumped to Robert Wright's position that we make great advances when our capacity for "moral imagination" can include individuals or groups that we do not know personally. As McCullough points out, it's one thing for me to forgive my child for hurting me because I need my child to grow up and eventually reproduce. That's easy. Keeping it local, it's not as easy to forgive the student who seems to disrespect my authority at school. So my challenge is to seek compassion for that student's perspective and look for common ground for us to share space together. This work by McCullough is very helpful for me as I navigate the halls of my high school and work with adolescents.
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