"I fully admit that there is a not uncommon craze for trichotomies. I do not know but the psychiatrists have provided a name for it. If not, they should. "Trichimania," [?] unfortunately, happens to be preëmpted for a totally different passion; but it might be called triadomany. I am not so afflicted; but I find myself obliged, for truth's sake, to make such a large number of trichotomies that I could not [but] wonder if my readers, especially those of them who are in the way of knowing how common the malady is, should suspect, or even opine, that I am a victim of it." ('On trichotomies', CP 1.568, 1910)
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Forgive the wrongs that we have done is my parsing of
Forgive us our trespasses or Forgive us our debts
These archaic sentences
do not have the contemporary meaning of
wrongs we've done
Many never think daily confession of wrongs
has much to do with anything
But on Abba's way such a confession
is the foundation of an overcoming existence
Because we are powerful people
We occupy space
We violate others
We get exuberant and it ends up in wrongdoing
We know the drill
Once we do wrong it either gets forgiven
or it mounts up until all the power we have
begins to shrivel and our potential starts to tank
Note that when we say this
we are not talking about me but we
We make a corporate confession
We are confessing social as well as individual wrong
The Lord's prayer is a we prayer
Be aware that we are asking Abba for forgiveness
Abba us within us
We are asking to be realigned
with the best within ourselves
and with the values that make for minimizing wrong -
tolerance helpfulness democracy and non-idolatry
We are powerful because we are intended to be good
That is what makes us human
You are reading one sentence
of the most powerful words
a human being can utter.
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