We must find the good in all our hearts

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

POPE Fran­cis in his Christ­mas mes­sage is right to em­pha­sise the fact that some peo­ple may feel in­dif­fer­ent to the cries of those who are fac­ing hard­ship.

But, nev­er­the­less, his over­all mes­sage is a tiny bit con­fused be­cause he ap­pears to be ask­ing peo­ple to for­give those in the church who have been guilty of wrong­do­ing. Maybe God can for­give them but we hu­mans are not usu­ally so will­ing to ex­cuse peo­ple who have com­mit­ted crimes.

And the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury is equally a bit out of touch with his Christ­mas mes­sage.

In my view, he should not be em­pha­sis­ing the evil that is in­her­ent in some bad peo­ple who are around at the present time as there have al­ways been bad peo­ple.

In­stead he should be spread­ing a more pos­i­tive mes­sage about the hu­man race in an at­tempt to change the world for the bet­ter. He won’t nec­es­sar­ily help the world by en­cour­ag­ing us to hate the bad peo­ple more.

The world will only get bet­ter by each per­son feel­ing a gen­uine em­pa­thy for ev­ery­one else.

Of course, we have to lock up those who com­mit atroc­i­ties – but that won’t hap­pen any quicker by us good peo­ple walk­ing around with hate in our hearts di­rected at those bad peo­ple.

In my view messages of good will dur­ing this fes­tive pe­riod should be aimed at bring­ing all good peo­ple to­gether to erad­i­cate the un­fair­ness in our so­ci­ety.

H. Gard­ner, Sale

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