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Sweeney Todd Probably Had High Blood Pressure, Too

Sweeney Todd Probably Had High Blood Pressure, Too

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The tagline to the new (brilliant, though bloody) Sweeney Todd movie is "Never Forgive. Never Forget." Now that I've read this article in the LA Times, I understand why Sweeney looked so darn pale, Tim Burton's black/white/gray color scheme aside. Some researchers are claiming that forgiveness — considered a virtue (or mitzvah) in almost every religion — is actually pretty good for your body, not just your soul. But how can you forgive the unforgivable — Sweeney's solution excepted? Survivors of terrible crimes may just not be able to forgive the people who hurt them. Though, as Josh Billings said, "There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness." What do you think?