My argument is not whether Forrest should have been held responsible for the crimes he is/was accused of. My argument is whether or not he was capable of changing. I do find it curious that so many today seem to want some sort of punishment against people like him, who his enemies in war seem not to have punished. That's just my own curiosity.
I believe that someone rather well known once said, “Let he who is without sin among you cast the first stone.”Why would it amaze you? Do you not believe in the power of redemption, that a person can turn his life around and do good? Ever hear of the Apostle Paul (that murderer!)? How about John Newton (that slave trader!)?
I don't have a dog in any hunt that involves Nathan B. Forrest except as a human being. How can you be amazed that there was any good in him? The line between good and evil wasn't the Mason Dixon line, it's not between left and right, Union and Confederates. As Solzhenitsyn famously said, “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?"
The need to demonize people and make them pay for sins even their contemporary "enemies" didn't punish or prosecute or destroy them for makes me crazy. Who are any of us to say that policy was "misguided"? What do you want to do, dig him up and hang him?
I think that all depends on what you believe in , Justice , Redemption , Forgiveness , Its all based on your belief and your life experience's.My argument is whether or not he was capable of changing. I do find it curious that so many today seem to want some sort of punishment against people like him, who his enemies in war seem not to have punished. That's just my own curiosity.
I think that all depends on what you believe in , Justice , Redemption , Forgiveness , Its all based on your belief and your life experience's.
Forrest died aged 56 in the last 15 months of his life he found god and all of a sudden became a better person why?.
Well after the war his business ventures failed he was universally hated by many who knew him and in the end we find him in a log cabin on leased land having his corn and crops grown by convicts he didn't have to pay.
Quite frankly he ran out of friends and lost the respect of the Southern press and community's who must have look at him as being totally hypocritical.
Change is brought on by traumatic stress in your life normally you get to a breaking point and suddenly you decide now is the time its extremely rare for people to just change without this happing.
I believe with Forrest it was a combination of things from Murdering people to Fort Pillow to losing the adulation of his soldiers and the South.
You may think he changed and that's your opinion but personally I don't think he did.
I thought that it is history that teaches us to hope.What rubric should we use to decide if someone is deserving?
Who develops it? Me, you, your neighbor, edited
Well I do say that in my post without being snarky.but I feel like you are being a little snarky and don't really believe
Well I do say that in my post without being snarky.
I'm afraid we will have to beg to differ I certainly don't believe in redemption or forgiveness with a certain amount of common sense but I do believe in Justice.
But then again I'm not a man of god I like it that way at least I can never be a hypocrite to a certain extent.