Our research team seeks to explore the concept of forgiveness held by everyday people. We believe that visual media can trigger broader conversations about forgiveness and think that the virtual absence of public conversation about forgiveness undermines community and commitment. Our hope is that we can begin to recover that virtue and open new platforms for dialogue through this project.
We hope this blog inspires you to consider the power of forgiveness and mercy. Feel free to leave a comment or follow us for new stories on Instagram!
Forgiveness is not homogeneous, and many concepts appear in these conversations (ex: unresolved anger, barriers to forgiveness, religion, reconciliation, and the complexity of relationships). Because of this, we think it is important to include the definitions and distinctions between forgiveness, forbearance, and reconciliation.
Forgiveness: the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, forswears recompense from or punishment of the offender, however legally or morally justified it might be, and with an increased ability to wish the offender well
Forbearance: Tolerance and restraint in the face of provocation; patience
Reconciliation: the process of making two people or groups of people friendly again after they have argued seriously or fought and kept apart from each other, or a situation in which this happens
All photography provided by Carter Crossett