It's about a former US soldier who was tortured as POW (prisoner of war) by a Japanese during WWII. That Japanese solder was a translator and fluent in English.
Long story short, the guy met his chief tormentor 50 years later and forgave him (they actually became friends too). Personally, I would have beaten the crap out of him.
Story is on link:
- Hell yes, I would still beat him up and be happy I finally got my revenge40% (2)47% (8)45% (10)Vote
- Nope, the guy did the right thing in forgiving his tormentor60% (3)53% (9)55% (12)Vote
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Apart from what other people already told you about the nature of war, there's one more thing to consider: forgiving is an act of kindness not only towards the other person but first and foremost towards yourself. It's a therapeutic way of coping with a traumatic experience. That's why some families forgive the murderers of their children. As long as you are angry and bitter about it, you will never get over that experience. It will always be in your heart and it will ruin your whole life (which is precisely what it shouldn't). By forgiving another person, you can not just make their life easier but you can also find a way to close that chapter for yourself and start looking ahead again. I believe such a new found way of long-term happiness much more mature and effective than the short-term satisfaction of an other person's misery. I mean, what are you gonna win from beating up another guy? Maybe a few days of evil giggling and quenched thirst for revenge, after which you'll fall back into your dark hole of anger and bitterness.2