On International Women's Day, Jennifer Wright hopes for a world where we have faith that humans can be better.
Lately, I keep re-reading a certain scene in Angels in America. It’s a play about gay rights and the incalculable losses of the AIDs years, but it’s also a play about America, and morality, and forgiveness.
There is a scene in it where Roy Cohn, a person described as “the polestar of human evil” (and in an interesting note—Donald Trump’s old mentor) dies. His nurse asks a friend to say the Kaddish, a prayer of forgiveness, over his body. His friend expresses disbelief that he could be asked to forgive someone who did so much wrong in the world, but, in the end, he does.
It’s a beautiful scene. Sometimes, when I think of the long list of men who have done wrongs that have been revealed only lately, I wonder if I could do the same for them. If any of us should forgive them.