To Err Is Human, to Forgive Is Divine

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To Err Is Human, To Forgive Is Divine. “Forgiveness is that quality in a human being that separates him from the animals. Forgiveness is about starting over, and not about getting even, which can lead to an endless round of attack and counter-attack.” This is the lesson the literature professor at Saint Xavier’s College, Mr Prakash always taught his students. One day Mr Prakash saw a Neha, one of his students, crying on the steps of the main entrance. He went over and asked her what the matter was. She told him about how her best friend had dumped her and gone running to join the other popular girls at their beckoning . And later when she had come back to ask for forgiveness, Neha had said absolutely not. After completing her story, Neha started crying again. Mr Prakash stood and looked up to the sky. He realized that his students had not fully understood the meaning of forgiveness and so he asked Neha to call all the other students of his class and to assemble them in the hall. Once all his students were in the hall, he began telling them The Story Of Bobby. Mr Prakash was in the Humane Society, in the adoption room for cats. As he peered through the bars of the cage in front of him, he saw vacant, yet beautiful, blue eyes. They belonged to a six-year-old stray cat named Bobby. He had reddish-brown and black stripes and his front paws were enormous, resembling a tigers. When he spoke to the attendant about him, she warned him that he did not like to be handled and he should not be adopted by anyone looking for an affectionate cat. Good grief, he thought, who’s going to adopt an unfriendly sixyear old cat? He figured he’d better rescue him from an almost certain death, so he adopted him. Bobby’s damaged pelvis caused his rear end to come to a point, and instead of walking gracefully, he would hop about. Poor Bobby was traumatized. Whenever somebody would pick up a
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