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The Troubles and what it teaches us about forgiveness

Season 1, Ep. 10

The Troubles or the 30-year political and sectarian conflict that took place in Northern Ireland was perhaps one of the darkest and bloodiest chapters in Irish history. And yet, there is much we can learn from it, not least about the nature of forgiveness.


In this episode we explore forgiveness. Sheila and James begin by outlining their views on forgiveness. They then explore the varying views on forgiveness that have come to the fore in Northern Ireland following The Good Friday Agreement. From this we see that forgiveness is an overwhelmingly good thing, which can have many positive effects for individuals and societies. However, it is not always the only or most appropriate way for one to overcome resentment. In the final part, Sheila draws on the wisdom of John Greenleaf Whittier to recite a poem about forgiveness. 

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