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The Selfishness of Forgiveness

Featured on the Hong Kong Economic Journal (March 10, 2016)

“It is much more agreeable to offend and later ask forgiveness than to be offended and grant forgiveness,” said the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

Causing an offence and needing forgiveness is much easier than offering forgiveness. But there are so many benefits to forgiveness, even selfish ones. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting or pardoning the offence but it does mean to let it go.