A follow-up to my previous post on gratitude – I’m finishing up an ‘Ethics of Bonhoeffer’ class. We’re reading his Letters and Papers from Prison. (He was imprisoned for being a part of a conspiracy to bring down Hitler, and was executed just two weeks before the Allies reached his location.) It’s been a very thought-provoking read – him writing to his family, friends, and fiancee. He writes of life in prison, theological musings, and how much he misses them.
In a lecture, Dr. Stassen mentioned the work of Melanie Klein. She said: we have in ourselves both gratitude and resentment. The more gratitude we have, the less resentment. Bonhoeffer certainly had a lot of gratitude and was able to keep the resentment at bay. I’ve really enjoyed reading his work, and after the class is over I want to read a biography of him. Anyone got suggestions of which one?