Forgiveness, that is, reciprocal forgiveness, is necessary or every victim would just become a source ofvengefulness, resentment moral hatred, and clouded judgment Peaceful characters would be transformed into connoisseurs of violence. Meninger asks, "Without it [unconditional or unilateral forgiveness], how can the victim avoid becoming the source of vengefulness, resentment moral hatred, and clouded judgment if the perpetrator of his wounds is unknown, absent, or dead." To the degree that the victim can be brought to see the action of the perpetrator from his point of view, the act of forgiveness can be seen as that much more reasonable-or even perhaps even unnecessary if no harm was intended.
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