I have a question. What exactly is redemption?
To me, it is about realizing one's mistake, taking responsibility of their actions and then trying to do the best to correct it.
Another mythological example
When Dasaratha went hunting once, he actually shoots a boy near the river assuming him to be a deer. This boy is the only care giver of his blind and invalid parents. The boy before his death pleads with the king to take care of his parents.
The repentant king goes to the parents with the sad news and begs for forgiveness confessing his mistake. He does not get any. The parents are too distraught and they die out of sorrow.
But not before telling the king that he will also have a similar fate.. He would die wanting to see his son one last time and never would.
In Ramayana, it is said that Dasaratha paid for his mistake(unintentional as it is but he took 3 lives) by dying without seeing Ram, Lakshman, Bharath or Shatrugnan.
So what has Rashi done in terms of redemption? Dasaratha knew that his mistake was costly. He could have run, leaving the parents alone in the woods and they would never have known what happened to their son. But he did not. The King owned up to his mistake, come whatever the consequences and then paid for it too..
So he was being stupid is it? Should he have just forgotten it and walked away? Maybe then he would not have had to face that curse.. This I think is Rashi's argument.
The truth is, if Rashi does not talk like miss goody two shoes, I think I can accept the fact than her justifying her horrible actions as something to do with 'smartness'. Guilt and a moral conscious to do the right thing may bring nothing but a sense of peace to a person. For some, it may be what they need and for some, it may look stupid.
But let us not confuse the lack of morality with smartness.. From what they have shown till now, the lack of a proper conscious and the cowardice to not own up to one's mistake is touted as Redemption.. How can it be?
If someone can throw some light on it please..