To date, 208 people have take the F-NESS Survey. Each question was left blank by 3 – 5 people, meaning that no one question was fully answered by the total number of participants.
Many of the statistical percentages of answers were surprising for me to read, which only underscores how subjective the subject of forgiveness truly is, including the wide range of subjectivity and perceptions of the participants themselves.
I continue to be fascinated by this phase of the Forgiveness Project, though I am still hesitant to “force” any one meaning on to this research. I believe that for me the goal is to allow things to unfold as they will, to remain as neutral as possible to any outcomes, and to simply take in this public/private dialogue with a group of people whom I may or may not ever have met.
I feel this survey is as much for the participants to experience and think about privately, as it is for me to discover the vissicitudes of cultural behavior which lead to the ever-shifting phenomenon of forgiveness.
Here is a listing of the number of participants who chose either YES or NO for each individual answer, with “other” also listed:
Q1 If a child asked, could you explain what forgiveness is?
192Y+7N=199 / 7 other
Q2 Is forgiveness something we learn? 162Y+12N=174 / 32 other
Q3 Do you believe humanity’s capacity to seek, grant or demand forgiveness is innate? 90Y+77N=167 / 41 other
Q4 Do you think our ability to forgive has helped us evolve as a species? 161Y+26N=187 / 19 other
Q5 Have you ever felt deeply transformed by an act of forgiveness? 121Y+71N=192 / 12 other
Q6 Does forgiveness last? 107+19=126 / 82 other
Q7 Does forgiveness increase your capacity to love and be loved? 179Y+11N=190 / 17 other
Q8 Have you ever regretted forgiving someone? 40Y+149N=189/ 16 other
Q9 Have you ever forgiven someone against your will? 56Y+118N=174 / 34 other
Q10 Do you ever see yourself as a victim? 116Y+56N=172 / 34 other
Q11 When you know you’re wrong about something, is it hard for you to admit? 48Y+118N=166 / 42 other
Q12 Do family members always deserve forgiveness, no matter how heinous their actions? 42Y+131N=173 / 41 other
Q13 Can you imagine forgiving someone who has done you great physical or psychic harm? 113Y+47N=160 / 47 other
Q14 Do you think forgiveness is an illusion? 12Y+162N=174 / 31 other
Q15 Do you believe an act of forgiveness can change the world? 137Y+42N=179 / 36 other
Please Note: If you would like to observe the survey data for yourself, and/or read the “other” responses, please email me and I will send you my password and username for the site.
For the final phase of Project 3 I have devised the character of the Narrator, who would appear onscreen, as a friendly “official”, in each private booth at the end of the F-NESS video. The Narrator says that she would like to ask the visitor 5 questions, asks if the visitor is willing to do this, and explains the method by which this can happen in the privacy of the booth.
She also invites the visitor to take the online F-NESS survey before they leave the installation, and explains that process as well.
The Narrator is calm, pleasant, neutral and slightly robotic; her movements and demeanor are reminiscent of an airline stewardess, who uses her hands and arms to point out emergency exits, locations and life-saving equipment in the plane, should an emergency occur; in this case the Narrator points out paper and pens, ipad stations and data projections. She briefly and efficiently instructs visitors in simple verbal cues they will use to “begin” and “pause” between each question, allowing as much time as needed to think about, or write about, their answers. When the visitor is done and leaves the booth a circuit is triggered (by web cam or infrared etc), which resets the booth video for the next visitor.
Please choose this link to hear the Narrator’s monologue and the five sample questions: http://www.simons-karrer.com/audiofiles/LKarrer/Fnessnarrator.mp3
Please select the attached pdf file to scroll through the five sample questions: F-Ness 5 Questions
For the final class, I will perform the Narrator role live, lip-synching with the pre-recorded monologue, while each of the five questions are projected onscreen.
I will ask my DIAP colleagues to engage with me, as if they were sitting alone in a booth, and choose to follow (or not follow) the Narrator’s instructions.