Hi everyone! Have you ever thought about how it would feel to look back at your life in your afterlife? I think no one has thought about this question, just like you and me, and our main character, Eddie.
Recently, I have watched a movie called “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”, it’s a story that begins at the end. The main character, Eddie, goes through a journey to Heaven, while meeting five people whose interaction with him has given him important enlightenment through their death.
One outstanding theme of the topic is “forgiving”. Deep in everyone's heart, there must be someone I hate, maybe I will feel disgusted even seeing or thinking of their faces. But, I think I should forgive them.
“Holding anger is a poison. It eats you from inside. We think that hating is a weapon that attacks the person who harmed us. But hatred is a curved blade. And the harm we do, we do to ourselves.” said Ruby, one of the characters that Eddie met in Heaven. Eddie hates his father very much, because he didn’t know why his father treated him so bad, like punching him, or condemning him without rhyme or reason.
Eddie can’t see why his father did these to him, so he turns it to hatred. However, he is blinded with hate, so he didn’t see the truth, and he also carries this weighty feeling till his death!
However, Ruby's words about hatred allowed Eddie to see that hating his father does not solve any problems; instead, it is only causing what should be in the past to continue poisoning us in the present. When one stops hating, when one forgives, they are effectively stopping the the people whom they hate to continue harming themselves. Of course, forgiving is not to erase the truth of someone's fault, but again there is no need to let that fault do more harm to yourself.
Often times, we feel the need to hate because the person we feel like the person we hate deserves to pay for what they have done wrong. But just like the Buddist saying, "holding...