Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

—Lk. 12:15

Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

—Prov. 14:31

Not being selfish is necessary for forgiveness.  People have to be humble, loving, and kind to each other.  Napolean Hill (1883–1970), a self-help author said, “Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.”  Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), a Baptist minister and civil rights activist wrote, “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

But Kristin Armstrong (b. 1973), a professional road bicycle racer said, “I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing.  I write about generosity because I battle selfishness.  I write about joy because I know sorrow.  I write about faith because I have almost lost mine, and I know what it is to be broken and in need of redemption.  I write about gratitude because I am thankful – for all of it.”  Often people learn from others about how to make headway in life.  This is so because there are so many impediments that they have to contend with.  A Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu (6th-5th BC–531 BC) wrote, “Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.”

Alveda King (b. 1951), an activist and former state representative from Georgia wrote, “Abortion and racism are both symptoms of a fundamental human error.  The error is thinking that when someone stands in the way of our wants, we can justify getting that person out of our lives.  Abortion and racism stem from the same poisonous root, selfishness.”  And Pope Francis (b. 1936), head of the Catholic Church said, “We have observed that, in society and the world in which we live, selfishness has increased more than love for others, and that men of good will must work, each with his own strengths and expertise, to ensure that love for others increases until it is equal and possibly exceeds love for oneself.”

People could therefore conclude that forgiveness begins with understanding.  This has to be one of the more important goals of our lives.  As Saint Catherine of Siena (1347–1380), a Dominican Scholastic philosopher and theologian wrote, “The poison of selfishness destroys the world.”

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