Time as Absolution

October 23, 2018

Religion (at least certain versions of it) offers a clean slate: “all is forgiven.”

Yet mere time offers something almost as powerful. We can’t undo things we’ve done, but we can choose to begin again, to do our very best, from a clean slate. Rather than forgiveness, we’re granted time and agency. What a gift: to wrong someone, to regret it, and to realize you have the entire remainder of your life to make it right, starting right now.