Monday, October 6, 2008

Asking Forgiveness Publicly on Facebook and Blogs

A woman I’ll call Joan posted the following update on her Facebook page:

Joan is wondering how legit it is to make teshuvah [repentance] on FACEBOOK? In case it is o.k. I apologize for any time I wronged, offended, slighted, ignored, or hurt you!

In preparation for Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement, Jews ask forgiveness of people for any wrongs committed against those people during the year.

How interesting to think about extending this concept of asking forgiveness of others into the workplace. Because, although Facebook is a social media platform in which you have “friends,” in many ways the Facebook environment is more like a workplace – a place where you get together with others to achieve a mutual purpose.

And if we all carried around the sense that once a year we would have to ask forgiveness from all the people in our online and offline lives, perhaps we would be kinder to others, think more before we speak, and try harder to consider things from the other person’s point of view.

I hope that I can move closer in the coming year to achieving these goals. And I, too, publicly apologize for any wrongs or offenses that I may have committed during the past year to anyone in my online or offline life.

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Chelle Cordero said...

This is certaily a novel way to make sure you get your apologies out there.

My first thought was how sincere can it be since you don't necessarily know the person you are apologizing to, but then I thought, we don't always know the folks we have wronged.

Phyllis Zimbler Miller said...

I like your comment that we don't always know the folks we have wronged. But I think there's something more important here -- the realization that we do need to apologize, that we can't just say whatever we want and other people should just take it. The act of apologizing in general is to remind us to be careful of what we say and do.