When we were interviewing people on the trip we asked
similar questions to almost everyone:
“What is forgiveness?”
“What is reconciliation?”
answers really inspired me. I
think that they were saying everything about war, peace, and forgiveness except
a lot more elegantly and more coherently then I ever could be able to express
it. They spoke of mainly a desire
to move on from this war and try and find peace within the country so that they
can make some progress economically for the future. In order to do this sooner rather than later forgiving is the
first most important thing that has to be done. The idea that forgiveness will bring peace and from that
peace they will be able to rebuild their country is an idea that was very
refreshing to me. I think the
mindset in the United States generally is that if someone does a wrong to us
forgiveness is not really something that is an option. I think that a lot of times unfortunately people have
an eye for an eye mentality. I think this mentality really could be the downfall of society because where does it end? One person or group does a wrong and they are attacked for it then in turn they want to protect their pride and do the same thing. When does it end? I dont think that it does. Either this deadly circle continues or some act is so massive and deadly that it cripples one side enough that it can not retaliate.
All of us could learn something from the Ugandan people who have been through hell and back but are still able to try and forgive for the sake of peace and for the sake of a future for their country.
The people we met in Uganda are some of the strongest that I have ever met. They willing to pick up and move on with their lives after seeing some of the most horrific experiences that a human can experience. Just a few of the things that these people experience would have made many of us throw in the towel and not want to continue on with life let alone forgive the crimes committed against us.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi
“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.”