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Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of[…]

While strife is bound to happen between different religious communities, there is no occasion to apologize. Alain de Botton says it’s awkward to apologize, after all. “This could lead to an escalation in anger.” So what are the advantages to a structured day of atonement, such as what exists in Judaism?