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Dear child, please don’t al­low the dis­re­spect of a few oth­ers to cause you to close your heart. When oth­ers dis­re­spect the sym­bol of some­thing honor­able, they are ig­no­rant in one of two ways: Ei­ther they don’t make the con­nec­tion be­tween the sym­bol and the honor (in this case, be­tween the flag and the lives lost de­fend­ing it), or they do make the con­nec­tion and they are ig­no­rant to the con­se­quences of ig­nor­ing what oth­ers have sac­ri­ficed for them. In ei­ther case, their in­dif­fer­ence is like a child who care­lessly drops a sym­bol that should be raised.

They do not know what they are do­ing. Please for­give them in their ig­no­rance as I for­gave you.

One way to soften your heart to­ward those who seem to dis­re­spect what you hold sa­cred is to con­sider what you dis­re­spect that they hold sa­cred. For ex­am­ple, many among you fight for the pro­tec­tion of an­i­mals. And yet many oth­ers sit down to dine on a crea­ture who gave its life for the meal, with­out a sec­ond thought, with­out thank­ing your Fa­ther. It’s easy to for­get to ac­knowl­edge that which died to give you life. Though this is only one ex­am­ple and may not ap­ply to you, I of­fer it to sug­gest that it’s dif­fi­cult to honor all that de­serves to be hon­ored.

I prom­ise you that for ev­ery ig­no­rance oth­ers have, you also have some kind of ig­no­rance. That’s un­der­stand­able: You are only hu­man. I for­give you just as I ask that you for­give them—freely, openly and lov­ingly.

“Fa­ther, for­give them, for they know not what they do.”

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