A new sport this – blogging against time on a slow internet connection. But the broadcaster in me always relishes the challenge of communication against the clock.
Interested to see that the Australian Government intends to make an apology to the Aboriginal people next week – ex-Prime Minister John Howard isn’t going to turn up to take part. I have mixed feelings about the whole idea. The right apology by the right people at the right time can surely shift deep-seated hurts and resentments like nothing else. But it can easily be glib if overdone. After all, in the nature of everybody’s tortured history, there are so many things for which apology might be made – the Irish Famine, slavery, etc. And the apology will always seem somewhat inadequate. And some things seem of such magnitude that any apology is likely to be inadequate.
On reflection – theological and otherwise – I wonder if the act of forgiveness – unsought and undeserved – is actually more powerful – the ‘Father, forgive them’ act. After all, to take just one example, Gordon Wilson’s expression of forgiveness of the Provisional IRA after the Enniskillen bombing which claimed the life of his daughter was immensely powerful in demonstrating that their actions were utterly out of proportion to any injustice which they claimed to be setting right. Without saying so.
4 mins 30 secs. Since you ask, the weather here is still ‘wit’