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Curiosity is the antidote to hate and a vital ingredient of forgiveness. Being curious sets light to the imagination, to wonder why?

Wonder and curiosity keeps you from behaving as if you have other people figured out. To be prepared to forgive means moving from "why me?", to "why them?"

Brigitte Sossou Perenyi

"I often wondered why I’d been given away by my biological family and why they hadn’t rescued me. I had nightmares about the past and wondered what I’d done wrong."

Shad Ali

"Forgiveness came from wondering how on earth someone could inflict that kind of pain on another human being without feeling anything."


Victoria Ruvolo

"I wanted to know what type of kid would do this? Had he always been a bully? Was he always hurting other people?"

Pardeep Kaleka

"One of our immediate responses to the atrocity was to ask how it could have happened...We decided we needed to reach out and get to know our neighbors, making contributions to our community and learning together."

Linda Biehl

"We wanted to meet them. It wasn’t about pity or blame, but about understanding."

Mark Henderson

"I was so eager to get answers from him, eventually I had the idea of going back to Colombia to meet him and make a documentary."

Marie Fatayi-Williams

"We need to ask the question why. Only then will we be able to start the dialogue and start to create peace."

Richard Levi

"My only desire now is for understanding. I need to know why a 19-year-old would blow himself up in the name of a cause taking so many innocent people with him. If we don’t understand we’re in danger of history repeating itself."

Judith Toy

"I came to Zen angry, confused, and demoralized. It taught me to embrace my anger and confusion, no matter how minor."

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