The Veil that Reveals the False Ones

  • Luigino Bruni
Part of the Virtues and Economics book series (VIEC, volume 4)


Forgiveness does not turn back time, nor does it delete words and deeds. But it has the power to make us reborn, to raise us to new life, to collect and receive our hurt body and turn it into a new and different one, where the scars are replaced by a face shining with light. The earth is still alive because every morning there are people who, forgiving and accepting forgiveness, are capable of new alliances after great betrayals, of writing new promises on new tablets after the first had been broken by our wickedness. It is also the capacity to forgive and restart that really makes something immense out of the human being, who is ‘little lower than the heavenly beings’ (Psalm 8). If there is a time when women and men are truly worthy of their divine image it is when they forgive. Forgiveness is the spiritual act that is closest to the creative act of God, because it re-creates our relationships from the nothingness where we let it fall and it generates new alliances.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luigino Bruni
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  1. 1.GEPLI Department – EconomicsLibera Università Maria SS. AssuntaRomaItaly

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