1921 Tulsa Lynching Essay Assignment: "The Heart of the Matter"


“If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,

soon the whole world will be blind and toothless”


~ Mahatma Gandhi, (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948)



Directions: Write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several paragraphs, and a conclusion. Use evidence from the document(s) and media in the body of the essay. When writing a DBQ, it is best to devote one paragraph for each document and be sure to identify the document at the beginning of each paragraph. Support your response with relevant facts, examples, and details. Include additional outside information and related concept words.(empathy, change, choice)



Near the ending of the film, The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story a leader of the black community states, “There is no room in our hearts for hatred”. Read the excerpts below from the article "Forgiveness…What’s it for?”. In your essay, discuss the purpose of forgiveness and misconceptions people have. Also explain the meaning of Don Henley's song, Heart of the Matter and explain the quote above by Mahatma Gandhi. Finally, discuss the film, and lessons viewers can learn about forgiveness. Be sure to include and fully discuss specific examples from each document and media.


We often think of forgiveness as something that someone who has done us wrong must ask of US. There is always another way of looking at something. My thoughts on forgiveness suggest that you focus on offering forgiveness TO the person who has wronged you…

Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself. It is not something you do FOR someone else. It is not complicated. It is simple. Simply identify the situation to be forgiven and ask yourself: "Am I willing to waste my energy further on this matter?" If the answer is "No," then that's it! All is forgiven.

Forgiveness is an act of the imagination. It dares you to imagine a better future, one that is based on the blessed possibility that your hurt will not be the final word on the matter. It challenges you to give up your destructive thoughts about the situation and to believe in the possibility of a better future. It builds confidence that you can survive the pain and grow from it…

The greatest misconception about forgiveness is the belief that forgiving the offense, such as an affair, means that you condone it. Not true. In fact, we can only forgive what we know to be wrong. Forgiveness does not mean that you have to reconcile with someone who badly treated you.

Another misconception is that it depends on whether the person who did you wrong apologizes, wants you back, or changes his or her ways. If another person's poor behavior were the primary determinant for your healing then the unkind and selfish people in your life would retain power over you indefinitely. Forgiveness is the experience of finding peace inside and can neither be compelled nor stopped by another…

Non-forgiveness keeps you in the struggle. Being willing to forgive can bring a sense of peace and well-being. It lifts anxiety and delivers you from depression. It can enhance your self-esteem and give you hope…


Source: “Forgiveness…What’s it For?” Copyright © 2007 - Larry James.  Adapted from the book,  How to Really Love the One You're With.









The Heart of the Matter

(Mike Campbell/Don Henley/J.D. Souther) © 1989



I got the call today, I didn’t wanna hear
But I knew that it would come
An old, true friend of ours was talkin’ on the phone
She said you’d found someone
And I thought of all the bad luck,
And the struggles we went through
And how I lost me and you lost you
What are these voices outside love’s open door
Make us throw off our contentment
And beg for something more?

I’m learning to live without you now
But I miss you sometimes
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again
I’ve been tryin’ to get down
To the heart of the matter
But my will gets weak
And my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it’s about forgiveness
Even if, even if you don’t love me anymore

These times are so uncertain
There’s a yearning undefined
And people filled with rage
We all need a little tenderness
How can love survive in such a graceless age?
The trust and self-assurance that lead to happiness
They’re the very things - we kill I guess
Pride and competition
Cannot fill these empty arms
And the work I put between us
You know it doesn’t keep me warm

I’m learning to live without you now
But I miss you, baby
And the more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I’d figured out
I have to learn again
I’ve been trying to get down
To the heart of the matter
But everything changes
And my friends seem to scatter
But I think it’s about forgiveness
Even if, even if you don’t love me anymore

There are people in your life who’ve come and gone
They let you down you know they hurt your pride
You better put it all behind you baby; life goes on
You keep carryin’ that anger; it’ll eat you up inside, baby

I’ve been trying to get down
To the heart of the matter
But my will gets weak
And my thought seem to scatter
But I think it’s about forgiveness
Even if, even if you don’t love me
I’ve been tryin’ to get down
To the heart of the matter
Because the flesh will get weak
And the ashes will scatter
So I’m thinkin’ about forgiveness
Even if, even if you don’t love me
Forgiveness - baby
Even if, you don’t love me anymore





~  8th graders Tulsa Lynching / “The Heart of the Matter” Essays  ~



Forgiveness to some people is like saying sorry for something you did. In other minds it means to forgive with all your heart and believe that even though someone did wrong you can still leave the hatred behind, because life is too short to waste your days away.  We keep on waiting for the world to change but we have the power to do so a little at a time and maybe just by making peace instead of hate.  Sometimes we believe that the world is coming to an end when something terrible and indescribable happens but you have to believe that at the end of the day things will get better and instead of feeling there is no hope we have to keep the faith no matter what.  You can find out about forgiveness from articles, music, stories, quotes, movies, and even real life happenings.

Forgiveness in movies shows a great understanding of how you should learn to forgive in the real world.  In the movie The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story, there were so many lies through yellow journalism and people telling about how the African Americans were blamed and lynched for the littlest things, and sometimes for no apparent reason.  The white community was always finding more ways to kill off the African Americans, it was horrible punishment.  The white community ruined so many of the African American lives, but even though they tore there families apart, killed them, blamed them and stretched the truth for everything that ever happened.  The African Americans still believed that they had “no room in there hearts for hatred” and they had to try to forgive because holding grudges is a perfect waste of time and energy.  You have to take the good with the bad, choose your battles and live for every moment that takes your breath away and makes you smile.

You can also find the meaning of forgiveness in songs.  The lyrics of the song are the most important they offer the message of the song, which are so powerful they truly make you think about the things going on in your life.  The song “The Heart of the Matter” by The Eagles is a song about forgiveness in a relationship.  I believe that everyone should forgive, because if we waste time holding grudges then that is precious time you will NEVER get back.  Some people think that by staying mad it is making the other person feel bad, but in truth it is only hurting yourself.  Forgetting and forgiving are two completely different things, you don’t have to forget about something terrible that someone has done but you should still forgive instead of lowering yourself to their level.  In the song “The Heart of the Matter” these lyrics I believe have a special meaning about forgiveness. “The more I know, the less I understand, all the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again, I’ve been tryin’ to get down to the heart of the matter but my will gets weak and my thoughts seem to scatter, but I think its about forgiveness, forgiveness”  I think that these lines mean that in order to fully understand why things happen the way they do you have to forgive the bad and smile when your sad, you have to know that by forgiving your making the world a better place for peace and love.

The quote “If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless” by Mahatma Gandhi has a very powerful and special meaning. I believe that it means that if we keep fighting back what was fought against us we will be just as bad as everyone else, we have to take a minute and think about how we can handle certain situations.  Instead of getting back at people just make things better by letting it go! You will be doing yourself a favor if you just breathe and let the bad roll right off your shoulder. 

In the Forgiveness article by Larry James it explains what forgiveness is for and how it makes you feel.  It says that “Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. It is not something you do FOR someone else.  It is not complicated.  It is simple.  To me this means that Forgiveness is just a word but it has the power of a million!  You have to not only forgive the people who did you wrong but you have to forgive yourself.  Forgiveness can be right around the corner if you find the peace between right and wrong.

In my own eyes forgiveness is just like happiness, you have to forgive to be happy.  I believe that two people can learn to love and make peace just by making what they did wrong known, and then making things better by forgiving.  “You have to take the good with the bad, smile when your sad, love what you got, and always remember what you had, forgive and forget, because you only have one life to live” I think that this quote has a lot to do with forgiveness because you have to spend every moment of everyday like it was your last and you have to love what you have instead of wish for something else, roll with the punches and believe in yourself. 

The song Change by Sean Kingston is a powerful and inspiring song.  The main chorus of the song says it all “I wish I had the power, the power to change the world, but I’m just one man tryin to do it on my own” It is true that in the world we try to make a difference.  Just one person doing good will make a difference, but if everyone tries to do good then it will make the WORLD of a difference.  Another part of the lyrics of Change are “Hope to see black people living longer also less kids without fathers we should all come together please stop fighting and killing eachother” These lyrics also mean a lot about forgiveness because people are always fighting and we need to try to change that, because we cannot keep living this way soon our world will become destroyed because of the hate between us.  Everyday people talk about peace, and when they give peace signs you wonder if they truly know the meaning.  We don’t even know how lucky we are to have the things we do, that is why we need to forgive the things that people have done or else we will be living lives filled with hatred in our hearts.  Hate is a strong word and people don’t even know the power it has.  Hate can take over your life by feeling angry all the time you loose track of what is good in life.  Live and Love, keep the Peace, because there is “no room in our hearts for hatred”. 




Forgiveness is something we don’t have enough of in the world.  Forgiveness is something that is chosen by some people, but others won’t care about it.  Sometimes, it’s about forgiving yourself.  You may have been the one to cause the problem.  Forgiveness is necessary for a friendly world.

          If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless.”  This quote by Mahatma Gandhi illustrates that revenge isn’t the way to correct things.  Everybody makes mistakes, but you need to learn to fix them.  Revenge doesn’t correct things, it just makes the opposition angry and that makes things even harder to resolve.  Forgiveness is needed in every problem, argument, or even accidents.  You can’t always get a response from the people you forgive, but it still feels good.  They do appreciate, even if they don’t show it.  You need to forgive people otherwise the world will always have more problems. 

          The article, “Forgiveness…. What’s It For?” explains why forgiveness is needed.  You don’t forgive for others, but you do it as a kind of personal satisfaction.  If you’re not satisfied, then you haven’t forgiven anyone yet.  If you don’t feel like wasting any more energy on the problem, that’s it everything is forgiven.  Don’t waste any more time on it if you don’t think it’s worth it.  It’s not all about them; you need to want to forgive them.  It’s your choice to forgive them, it doesn’t matter what they think.  Some people think that when you forgive someone, what they did is right.  Wrong!  You’re only forgiving them not saying what they did is right or that they’re good for doing it.  Forgiveness is only a personal satisfaction you don’t say anything’s right.  The only thing that can be forgiven is the things that are wrong.

          In “The Heart of the Matter” by the Eagles, the whole song is about forgiveness.  The lyrics say that he heard something that hurt him.  He knew it would happen, but is learning to live without them.  This means he’s learning to forgive himself and the person who hurt him.   This is what is needed to move on from the problem.  You need to move on, but the problem is, forgiveness isn’t something everyone can give.  People need to learn to forgive other people and mostly themselves.  One of the lines “You keep carrying that anger, it’ll eat you up inside.  This means that if you don’t forgive to get rid of your anger, you’ll be overwhelmed with stress.  The whole song kept saying that he thought he was done learning, but he kept learning the things he thought he knew.     

The Tulsa Lynching of 1921 was a perfect example of forgiveness.  The colored people of Tulsa were denied their human rights and were lynched for really small, harmless actions.  A black man on the elevator bumped into a white girl operating it.  He was accused of trying to hurt the girl.  Of course he didn’t mean it, but yellow journalism began playing a part in this.  The newspaper would get word of something happening, like the man and the girl, and they would write about it.  They would exaggerate the story and make it sound like the man was trying to kill or hurt a white person.  They would do this with a lot of stories and the black people would end up getting lynched.  The whites broke out in a riot and killed, smoked them out of their houses, and wouldn’t allow the medics to assist the black people in Tulsa.  The black people’s leader told them to try to forgive the whites instead of keeping that anger inside.  They knew that in order to move on in life, they had to forgive them.  Though many blacks were killed, lynched, and left without homes and anything they needed to live, the whites were forgiven.  They made the blacks live in fear for years.  They had to watch every step they took knowing that they could do something the whites didn’t like and they’d be lynched.  The other quote at the end of the movie “ We can’t rise higher than our weakest brother,” means in order to rise higher in life our weakest brother must be able to move on too.  We must work as a team.

          If the blacks from Tulsa can try to forgive the whites for killing them, then I guess everyone else should be able to forgive anything.  People still have a hard time with forgiveness.  We all need to realize that things could be a lot worse than they are.  It’s our choice to forgive, so we need to figure it out, and then the world will be a better place.

          Dale Carnegie has forgiveness in many of his rules.  Strengthening relationships can be helped with forgiveness.  Cooperation can be gained with forgiveness.  Also Being a leader can have forgiveness in it to.  Forgiveness can help you become a better person.  It gives you internal strength to have a good life.




Forgiveness is a big part of the human life! Forgiveness is forgiving someone who made a big mistake. It is giving the person who made the mistake your respect. Forgiveness is something that you offer people that did you wrong. Forgiveness is the experience of finding peace with one another. Forgiveness relates to a quote by Mahatma Gandhi, the song “Heart of the matter”, a movie, and an article about forgiveness!

          The quote “If we practiced an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless”, by Mahatma Gandhi relates to forgiveness because the quote says an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth. This means if someone was cooking in your house and they burned your house down, than you would want to get even with them, so you would want to burn their house down. The better choice would be to forgive them and save all the trouble, because if everyone in our world got back at each other all the time, then it would fall apart. We would all be angry and against each other. People should make the choice to forgive rather than get justice on their own.

          In the movie called The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story, it talks about forgiveness because it say’s how all the people would be against each other over different laws and then they would forgive each other about there thoughts, and for all the violence they caused. People took justice into their own hands and this was bad. After the whites destroyed the black’s houses and burned them down the black people left for a while. Then the black people came back to the white and tried to forgive the whites because they thought that there should not be hatred in there heart and souls.  Even though the whites destroyed and burned their houses down and then took pictures of them, they still tried to forgive the whites.

          The article that talks about forgiveness has a lot to do with forgiveness. It talks about how you give yourself forgiveness and not any one else. Another thing it says is that you don’t have to reconcile with someone who badly treated you. You don’t forgive for others feelings, but for yourself. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean that you agree with the wrong thing they did. If you don’t forgive for yourself you may stay sad and depressed.

The song called “The Heart of the Matter” by Mike Campbell, Dan Henley, J.P. Souther, talks about forgiveness because the singer talks about how forgiveness is more important than anything, even though she doesn’t love him anymore. So he’s also basically saying that he still wants to be friends! It also talks about understanding, and understanding has a lot to do with forgiveness because forgiving means understanding each other. One of the quotes are, “How can love survive in such a graceless age”. This quote is asking how can we get through all this stuff if every one is going to be mad at each other, and how are we going to find true friends and love!

          I think if forgiveness did not exist, then our world, would, probably fall apart and also not exist. Forgiveness is every thing. Forgiveness saves friend ships, family love and respect from other people. Life would not be any thing with out forgiveness. Forgiveness is a big part of our life, and I think we all should use it!



Forgiving is often a very difficult thing to do. Forgiveness means to “excuse a mistake or offense made by someone.” I will be relating forgiveness to a song, a quote, a movie, and an article. There are diverse ways to forgive.

In the quote “If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless.” by Mahatma Gandhi it does not talk about forgiveness.  This quote means that two wrongs don’t make a right. For an example, if someone hits you don’t hit him or her back. If we did the world would fall apart because everyone would be against each other.

In the forgiveness article it says that most people in the U.S. forgive people and they don’t hold it against them. Offering someone forgiveness who did you wrong will often help you more than the other person. It is important to identify what wrong thing was done. “Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself, it is not something you do FOR someone else. Forgiveness dares you to imagine a better future, one that is based on the blessed possibility that your hurt will not be your final word on the matter.” This shows that even if someone hurts you, you can get over that pain by forgiving.

The song The Heart of the Matter by Mike Campbell, Don Henley, and D.J. Souther, the song is saying when you loose something don’t hold it in because it will hurt you more. It hurts when you loose someone but you have to let it go. It is ok to miss them too; this is part of the healing process. “But I think it’s about forgiveness, forgiveness. Even if even if you don’t love me anymore.” This shows that we can move on after losing love, by forgiving.

In the movie, The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story the quote “There is no room in our heart for hatred,” means that you can’t hate someone for your whole life. You have a long life to live and you can’t go through life being mad at someone. You’re not hurting them you’re hurting yourself. You want life to be happy not miserable. If you forgive them that does not mean that you have to like them, it means that you aren’t holding a grudge against them and you can be happier.

In this essay I learned that you should not hate someone that did something wrong to you all our life because it will just make your life miserable.  You have the choice to forgive them.  In the words of Dale Carnegie, “Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain and use encouragement.  Make the fault seem easy to correct.”  This is a good quote because when you are mad at someone you should think about your own mistakes that you have made.   Having empathy for others helps in the forgiving process.



Forgiveness is a choice we make, but not everyone makes that choice. Forgiveness is important, though, because people don’t have to forgive to forget, they just have to forgive to make themselves feel better. When people forgive, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everything bad will go away, it just means that you don’t have to live in anger about it. That’s how powerful forgiveness is. People can learn about forgiveness in movies, quotes, songs, and news articles.

      The song “The Heart of the Matter” by the Eagles is a great example of forgiveness. In the song, Don Henley sings about all his friends leaving him, but he didn’t keep all the anger inside because “it will eat at his insides.” In other words, people shouldn’t hold grudges because they would be angry all their lives, which doesn’t solve anything. Before performing this song, Don Henley says, “it took me almost forty years to write this song, but it only took me four minutes to sing it.” This is because forgiveness is important in our lives, but many people don’t know that and it takes a long time to learn.

      Another example of forgiveness, or rather the opposite of that, is the quote “If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless” by Mahatma Gandhi. The opposite of forgiveness is revenge. This quote is saying that if people take revenge instead of choosing to forgive, then there will be no forgiveness left in the world. Forgiving is better than taking revenge because revenge does nothing other than make someone angrier. Forgiveness is for yourself and no one else.

      In the movie The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story, the black community suffered a great deal of loss and hatred brought on by the white community. However, even after all they had been through, ( including their houses being burned to the ground and their loved ones being killed ), a leader of the black community states, “There is no room in our hearts for hatred.” This person did not mean that all the blacks can forgive the white people and that everything was going to be miraculously better and forgot. He just meant that the black people should try to forgive the whites so that nobody is bottled up with anger. This was important for the children because if the adults lived through life being angry, then their kids will grow up to be angry as well.

      The article “Forgiveness…What’s it for?” by Larry James is all about forgiveness. The author summarizes everything about forgiveness that is important. He says that forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself which is what this essay is trying to get across. If we forgive someone, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they forgive you. People don’t even have to forgive someone face to face. As long as you know that you have forgiven someone, that’s all that matters because you can now live without anger. Another phrase that Larry James states in the article is that forgiveness allows people to imagine a better future, which is true. When someone forgives someone else they are hoping for a future without grudges. A future where, in years time, they will not be angry.

      In conclusion, forgiveness is a powerful choice. You can change your whole attitude towards life if you just choose to forgive. There is a lot of ways to forgive someone, whether face to face or to yourself. People just have to realize that more often.


“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.

He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.

There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.

When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”


~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself,” said Larry James who also wrote “Forgiveness…What’s it For?”  To forgive is something that can cure the soul of hatred and can make you feel better about yourself and what you have done.  It’s using your power and showing your empathy towards others.  You can learn about forgiveness from movies, songs, writing, quotes, and history.

“Forgiveness…What’s it For?” from the book How To Really Love The One You’re With by Larry James tells you that “Forgiveness is the experience of finding peace inside and can neither be compelled nor stopped by another.”  You forgive for yourself, and it should give you a feeling of reassurance and satisfaction.  This article also states that if you are able to forgive, you should because it can give you a brighter and better future with someone.  It is also your choice if you want to forgive or hold a grudge. 

The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story is a movie that shows an unbelievable amount of forgiveness that was shown by African Americans.  The white people burned down many homes of African Americans and also killed many of them.  There were dead bodies and white men with machine guns all over the street just because the African Americans had better homes and the white men thought it was unjust.  Nevertheless, their leader thought that they shouldn’t have any room for hatred in their hearts.  Therefore, African Americans still came together for Christmas and sang together just because they were happy that they survived.  The choice that they made wasn’t easy, but they just wanted to be happy in a safe environment.

The song The Heart of the Matter by Don Henley explains that forgiveness can free the soul.  The lines, “You keep carryin’ that anger; it’ll eat you up inside, baby.”  This line states that you can’t keep having anger inside because eventually it will come back to you.  The first part of the song states that you want to forgive a person and you should, “Even if, even if you don’t love me anymore,” but the whole song states that you don’t forgive someone just to tell them, but it’s for yourself.  It also means that you can even use your empathy and forgive a stranger.

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless.” This quote means that if nobody forgave and always held grudges, then the world would be a very negative place, especially if we always try to use revenge.  However, you have to remember that revenge doesn’t always solve your problems, but can just make matters worse.  Isaac Friedman once said, “Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.”  Two wrongs don’t make a right, out of those two people, one person has to change their opinion to be able to forgive and possibly forget.

These are some examples of forgiveness in movies, songs, writing, quotes, and history that we have learned over the years.  To forgive is something that you have to be willing to do for yourself.  The quote “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” Was said by Paul Boese.  This final quote means to not dread on what has happened, and to use it to your advantage in what has to come.  If you can learn to forgive, then you will be able to have a better future for the ones you love and care for.


When you forgive you will feel like you have accomplished something important, and you will probably feel relief. Even though you may still think it is wrong. It is your choice to forgive a person for what they did. Anne Frank was mad at the Nazi’s but she still had the power to forgive them for what they were doing to her and her family. This allowed her to live a more happy life while she was here.  You can learn about forgiveness from quotes, songs, movies, and other people’s experience.

          The song” The Heart of the Matter” is about how a man is trying to forgive his girlfriend. In the song it sounds like she hurt him by finding someone else, but he had the strength to forgive her. In a relationship if you don’t learn how to forgive each other the relationship will not work out between the two. Like Don Henley said “You keep carryin’ that anger; it’ll eat you up inside.” You and your partner need to get along and have empathy for each other in order to stay with each other. If you have a problem and you can’t continue a relationship you should still forgive the other person and move on with your life.

          The passage from “Forgiveness…What’s it For?” written by Larry James is trying to tell you how it is not hard to forgive. It is your choice to use your power to forgive what has happened to you.  It doesn’t matter if a person asks for forgiveness or not, it is up to you to get out of the struggle.  “The greatest misconception about forgiveness is the belief that forgiving the offense, such as an affair, means that you condone it.” It is important to realize that you don’t have to agree with what others do to you in order to forgive them.

Mahatma Gandhi’s quote “If we practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless,” starts out with the idea that if someone does something to you then you have the right to do the same to him or her.  This quote means that revenge doesn’t accomplish anything. Instead of revenge the world might be a better place if you forgive people. If you don’t forgive people the world will be rude and obnoxious. We need to change the world, through forgiveness and then everybody can live in peace.

The movie the Tulsa Lynching of 1921 was about how the whites treated the people horribly in Tulsa. The whites ran all over the blacks. They burned their homes and chased them out of town and killed about 300 hundred of them. The blacks had no homes to go back to, they were homeless.  The whites took power from the blacks, making their life rough. Treating someone the way the whites did in Tulsa is unimaginable. It is amazing that the blacks could try to forgive the whites for all the things they did to them. As Paul Boese said “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” The blacks who forgave knew that it wouldn’t change what was done to them, but hopeing to move on and have a better future.

Forgiveness is important because if you don’t forgive you will regret what you have done to a person in the past.  When you forgive you will feel like a new person.  You will feel happier and proud of yourself. When you have forgiven you will feel that you have accomplished something.  Even though you might feel like you shouldn’t have forgiven the person for what they did to you. The song, movies, and the other people’s experience are examples of forgiveness and how people have had enough power to forgive. When Anne Frank forgave the Nazi’s for what they did to her and her family, she was not sure if she was doing the right thing. She wanted to live a happier life instead of a sad and depressing life. Empathy is when you forgive someone for what they have done to you. Forgiveness is harder than it seems, it may take a while to do.  Forgiveness is not something that happens automatically.


“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment

before starting to improve the world.”




“I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything

I still believe that people are really good at heart.”


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