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Mahatma Gandhi once stated that if everyone took and eye for an eye with respect to revenge, the world would be blind. On forgiveness, Gandhi understood that forgiveness is a quality that enhances the forgiver, one that takes courage and strength to achieve. For forgiveness is giving up the right to harm others who have harmed you. As Gandhi said about forgiveness, "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong" (Mahatma 2004, 1). Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong, because it is human nature to want to strike back when hurt. However, when one strikes back against those who hurt, one undermines the self and becomes the same kind of individual as those who hurt.

When someone hurts us or someone we care about, it is a quite natural human tendency to seek vengeance.


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