The Futility Of Punishment

The skill of forgiveness.

As I watch my nation become consumed with the pandemic, riots, fear, and greed, I see a recurrent and persistent theme: punishment and revenge. In politics, each side of an issue wishes to punish the other side for failing to comply and get with the program. In society, “the deplorables” are punished for failure to comply. Tit-for-tat reigns supreme in political discourse.

In my personal life, I face an occasional punishment from my wife for the crime of failing to instill a persistent sense of fear of me, in my…