I wonder if it isn’t more than a coincidence that the Christian society is the one that went and pillaged and kidnapped people to become slaves and so on — and went all around the world creating these empires, often in the name of Christianity? I wonder if it would have been as easy for them to do that if it wasn’t for this notion that everything is forgiven, that if you made a mistake you could have a bad conscience about it, pray to God, and it’ll be forgiven?
— Kazuo Ishiguro The New Yorker
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