“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate others.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.; American Baptist minister, spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
Self-love is the beginning of every great and inspirational thought, of every great and inspirational feeling, of every great and inspirational deed; so, if a human being cannot love himself beyond his mundane thoughts and superficial appearance, then he will not be able to experience true happiness and truly love others.
Forgiveness is one of the greatest acts regarding self-love, because it is all about truly freeing your own mind, loving yourself; and once you let go of the hurt from past memories, then your mind is free to embrace self-love and to move on, while you are not tied anymore to hate and anger and you can heal yourself.
Even something as terrible as rape can be forgiven, not forgotten, obviously; but, nevertheless, you can remove the anger and hatred from your mind which is destroying your abilities to move on and be happy, thus you self-love.
I am not saying forgiving the stupidities of people is easy, not even close to that; but I am saying that it is worth it, because it is all about your healthy development and the embrace of greater strengths.
Whatever happened in your life a minute or ten years ago is in the past, and now in your memory; and because it is a memory, you may never forget it, but because it is in fact this memory in thought-form, you can make peace with it. And so with daily practice, patiently, focused on your own development, you can let go, you can help yourself.
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