Simstim left this interesting comment on the legacy blog:
I think the ‘sins of the father’ is that which causes affliction in the sons that must be resolved by the new generation in order to live a fulfilled life. The most blatant examples of this IMO is child abuse, addiction or an absentee father. Now a son must resolve those sins of the father in his own life to be liberated from them.
The comments on that blog were interesting in general because everyone seemed to parse “sins of the father” in their own way. So with Simstin, the sons pay the price of the father’s sins that are very directly perpetrated upon them. But what about the father who is terrific to his children but perpetrates against the community at large? Take the Enron scandal for example.
Say these fathers ripped off a bunch of other fathers and families. Do the sons suffer for that? What about the son’s sons? Do they have hell to pay too? What do you think?