How do we learn to forgive our fathers

“Time softens our sharp edges and mellows our resentments. It becomes, more than anything else, exhausting to summon the energy required to maintain grudges founded long ago in quarrels only half-remembered. (…) Past transgressions never quite disappear, but with time, they fade into irrelevance. (…) Perhaps we should not wear our scars so proudly, as badges of toughness. Toughness is overrated, and a scar, after all, is not just a wound healed, but a patch of inferior tissue. We’d be better off, I think, learning to live with the pain of hurt and the tenderness of affection nestled side by side within us.”

 

How do we learn to forgive our fathers

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