TAN TWAN ENG’S GARDEN OF EVENING MIST
A Meander Through Memory and Forgetting:
“There is a goddess of Memory, Mnemosyne; but none of Forgetting.
Yet there should be, as they are twin sisters, twin powers, and walk
on either side of us, disputing for sovereignty over us and who we
are, all the way until death.”所有的方式直到死亡為止。〞
THIS IS MY RESPONSE IN VERSE：
WHO’S CHOICE? 誰的选择？
What to remember or forget,
Is a choice we select.
To ask victims to forget a crime,
Not the same as forgive atrocities in wartime.
For the goddess of memory to be fair,
The culprits must first repent with care.
Culprits must cease speech and actions,
that reinforce the hurt and reactions.
Blessed that we learn to forget and forgive,
The gates of heaven for the contemplative.
NB During WWII, Japanese Zen, esp. Rinzi and Soto sect, supported Japanese Militarism in the war, against the basic tenets of Buddhism. You may read it in Zen At War in Kyoto Journal. There are many apologists asking people to forget, or to become demented. We are blessed to forgive, but to forget a crime, which is the prerogative of the victims.