I could feel guilt about several things today, including:
- taking this photo, yesterday morning,
- eating all of this, last night:
- taking only three other photos, yesterday:
- not explaining any of those photos,
- writing only one other post with the word “guilt” in the title during almost one thousand and two hundred days of consecutive blogging, and
- stealing quotes about guilt from other people:
“Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.”
― Veronica Roth, Insurgent
“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”
“I’ve got a bad case of the 3:00 am guilts – you know, when you lie in bed awake and replay all those things you didn’t do right? Because, as we all know, nothing solves insomnia like a nice warm glass of regret, depression and self-loathing.”
― D.D. Barant, Dying Bites
“Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”
― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“Calvin : There’s no problem so awful, that you can’t add some guilt to it and make it even worse.”
― Bill Watterson, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
“He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.”
― Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
What are your thoughts about guilt?
If you don’t leave a comment, would you feel guilt about that?
I feel no guilt, as I press the “Publish” button for this post.