The society we live in is largely unforgiven...it is a society that wants people to live in their past of wrongs forever...to continuously suffer until the day they die. But the truth is that most wrongs/mistakes are not even known or admitted. And none of us deserve to suffer for a lifetime as a result of our wrongs. We all deserve a chance at our redemption so that anyone who should make a mistake has hope of still creating a better version of themselves.
We never ask ourselves - what did that person experience that contributed to that mistake? That never matters...all that seems to matter is that they made the mistake. The story of Shaka Senghor highlights what is within the realm of the possible for the majority of people who have made a mistake.
I myself am unwilling to admit all the mistakes I have made. So, who am I to judge others whose mistakes are in the open?
Shaka describes solitary confinement as an experience that will literally crush the human spirit. Think about the ways you crush the human spirit. What drives this behavior? Is it laziness, selfishness, greed, fear, the need for control?
Should we be more willing as a society to give others a clean slate or a second chance? If you believe in forgiveness or you believe in God being the ultimate judge, then why do you support the practice of peoples' mistakes being penned into their lives for an eternity so that a mistake made in a period of seconds crushes their spirit for years, even decades over and over again? Does it have to get PERSONAL for us to care about changing this status quo? Or is it easier to just look for a way out to say that people who make mistakes don't deserve the same chances we are afforded?
Read about Shaka Senghor's life - read his testimony - open your eyes - challenge your perspective.
Ms. Bhakti Mary
I am an optimistic, positive, generous and driven woman who is passionate about self-improvement.
The essence of who you are does not lie in the past. What matters is what you are willing to do NOW. You are the presence.