ON NOVEMBER 18, 1981


“Many times one’s own guilt puts a strain on a relationship.  Guilt of an individual can destroy the peace and tranquillity of a home, working conditions, or anywhere there are two or more people.

The feeling of guilt that an individual projects is obviously a self-defense mechanism, and is many times obvious because of the righteous manner, the dominance, or the uncalled for submissiveness that is portrayed in an atmosphere of instability.

Self-guilt can be the basis for personality changes in an individual showing unjust anger, fitful retaliation of one kind or another, or even promote a period of lies and/or abusive language between two or more people.

Feelings of guilt sometimes do not last too long, and the very action that caused the guilt repeats itself.  Guilt is not always the cause for good change to come about, but sometimes it is fleeting, until the next emotional situation.

What causes guilt, or a guilty feeling?  Guilt is the knowledge that something has been performed that is wrong.  Guilt is sometimes misunderstood by the guilty party because the wrong was falsely justified, and consequently the guilty person can grow in the habit of casting all defensive aspersions on other people, defending constantly the innocence that is only in the mind.

A guilty feeling is necessary for a wrongdoing, but it adds to its grievousness when it damages other people’s lives. False guilt feelings can destroy lives because they many times encourage people into the bondage of scruples.

Scruples can be a very devastating thing to live with because they cause a narrow-mindedness, a constant irritation due to the lack of understanding in many situations.”

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