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In the September 7, 2019 article “Taylor Swift, Philosopher of Forgiveness” the author Scott Hershovitz debates the conventional method of forgiveness, to “forgive and forget.” He believes that in doing so, you are sending a message about you self-worth, that you may be inferior to another individual. His example is the Taylor Swift-Kanye West incident from the MTV Video Music Awards. The author agrees with Taylor that forgiving someone is not the only key in moving on from a situation. They argue that you do not need to forgive to forget, but rather, “Hold on to your resentment; just don’t let it hold on to you.” 

Although Ms. Swift and Mr. Hershovitz do make valid points, as a teenager who has grown up listening to Taylor Swift and the messages that she has in her music, I do not fully agree with the argument they are trying to make. I am not the type of person who holds on to a situation and resents someone for a long time. I believe that the only way to truly move on from something is to forgive and forget. I’m not saying that if someone was to do you wrong in some way to just forget about it right away and move past it. However, if you are comfortable enough to want to try and move on from something, then you should be willing to forgive as well.

Although, Hershovitz’s article does refer to both sides, moving on without forgiveness and just forgive and forget, both him and Ms. Swift seem to agree on the thought of always having that sense of power. That forgiving and forgetting can make you seem inferior.After hearing both sides of this argument, I believe that you hold the power when you show that person that you are mature enough to forgive and forget, and show that their actions no longer affect you. 


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2 Responses to LTE for portfolio-lg102015

  1. davidbdale says:

    LG, there’s not enough content here for a Portfolio item. You name an article, identify a topic, break down reaction into two categories (sort of), and then waver on which one you advocate. At least that’s how I read it. I wish I could be more positive. Part of the trouble is inherent in the material. Artists can SOUND as if they’re making clear claims while talking pretty gibberish. Not letting resentment hold on to ME but holding on to my resentment is impossible to argue either way in that construction because it’s virtually meaningless.

    You could do a real service to readers by bringing some rigor to that non-declaration. Your “I don’t quite agree with that” is not sufficient. Nobody could exactly agree and not agreeing doesn’t help us understand what you do believe.

    Like all arguments about abstract concepts (forgiveness, forgetfulness, resentment), this one needs examples and illustrations.

    1. My brother borrowed $1000 from me and didn’t repay it when he said he would. When he didn’t explain or apologize, I found it impossible to forgive him. And I certainly couldn’t forget while I was still suffering the abuse. Would I have lent him another $1000 if he had asked? No. Later, he apologized and explained both why he couldn’t repay and the embarrassing details that prevented him from explaining at the time. I was able to forgive. And I no longer hold a grudge. But would I lend him another $1000 tomorrow? Or would I first have to forget?

    2. Kanye West insulted me and never apologized. If I care about Kanye West’s opinion and think he may have harmed me severely, I may not have many choices. I can forgive him even without an apology if I reduce his humanity, consider him so reprehensible that he’s beneath my contempt. I can lash out by insulting him in return, neither forgiving nor forgetting. I can forgive him because I understand his insult results from his resentment of my greater talent. I can literally forget the insult because it means so little to me. Essentially I AM NOT IN CONTROL of any of these reactions, am I? I can’t actively choose one. They HAPPEN TO ME.

    I hope those examples engaged your intellect in a real debate with yourself about the specifics of an ethical situation. Your essay in its current form does not do that for me. It doesn’t make enough specific claims to excite my imagination.

    Do you find that helpful, LG? I’m doing my best to model the process of working out an idea without rewriting your essay for you.

    As always, I would appreciate hearing back from you.


  2. davidbdale says:

    You’re not obligated to request Feedback, LG, but this wouldn’t grade well if it found its way into your Portfolio. You don’t have a Draft version to compare it to, so you’ll be in trouble if you do no further work on this assignment.


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