Thursday, January 1, 2009

H of G

No, not the H.R.G. of Heroes fame, but H. of G., an expression of Dr. Paul Farmer as described in the book Mountains Beyond Mountains, a book I've been listening through. The "hermeneutic of generosity" is an interpretive rule described in the expression "giving the benefit of the doubt", only that the interpretive rule is intensified, that good will is assumed. When you know and love someone and they do something unexpected and, perhaps, offensive, you assume (hopefully) that they are still the one you love. An H. of G. develops along with trust, but it can also be chosen, a deliberate way of relating to others around us . . . and worth a resolution if you are prone to consider such things. (I don't make New Year's resolutions, but that is another matter all together!)

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