Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"The Intolerance of Intolerance"

Tonight I had the great honor and privilege of attending a lecture given by Archbishop Desmond Tutu at Murray State University. Archbishop Tutu discussed reconciliation through forgiveness with the heart of a saint and the sort of jokes your grandfather might tell at the dinner table. He spoke with a warm, soothing passion that boiled up from the depths of his heart and spilled through the microphone, washing over a packed house. It was an amazing, unforgettable experience, and it has left it's mark upon me.

The Archbishop told anecdotes and parables that illustrated mankind's great depths of both depravity and compassion. He spoke of the amazing capability of human beings to destroy one another through vengeance, and of their equally amazing capacity for unconditional forgiveness.

I will endeavor to take this message to heart, to be more forgiving, to be more understanding, and to seek reconciliation with as many people as I am able. It will not be easy, but nothing good ever is.