‘I’m sure one shouldn’t take this statement for pure face value.’
A very fair point, blinie, but these are being presented as ‘Simple Truths’ and, by definition, should not require interpretation. ‘Simple Truths’ or common sense – call them what you like – are things we constantly seek to console us in the complexity of the decisions we make in life; I’m very weary of any such that can be used as an excuse for bad actions and I feel this might be one of those.
Marshal also commented
- The guilt one really needs some work. I’m guessing that you mean the kind of guilt imposed on us by religion and/or possibly advertising, these are very negative. Guilt that arises from empathy – that bad feeling you get because you made someone suffer – is central to socialisation, its absence, as the previous poster says, can lead to socio/psychopathic behaviour.
I guess the problem is that what I’m talking about is more properly called remorse, but that and guilt are often used interchangeably. Maybe guilt is something imposed upon us while remorse comes from within.
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