Guilt In Society

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Society has defined what is right from wrong through the many millenniums since Earth has been considered civilized. It is the society that defines when you make a mistake, the same society that puts you down for these mistakes. Learning from our mistakes can only better oneself. This is the case for guilt and by learning from it we become smarter and more aware as human beings. Guilt is oftentimes preserved as a negative emotion, hell even Merriam-Webster defines guilt as, “(the) feelings of deserving blame especially for imagined offenses or from a sense of inadequacy.” However true this may be, guilt should also be seen for what it really is. A positive emotion that can help build a person’s persona. Someone who seems to agree with this …show more content…
It is so engraved into our brains that people are even paying to attend seminars where they can learn to live guilt free. Society has wronged people by putting this bad emphasis on guilt. We need to step out of this norm and form a new one. Just take a step back and imagine what it would be like to live guilt free. You would be a psychopath, as guilt serves as a reminder for us to remember we are humans. We can feel such a strong emotion. More importantly, we can do wrong. For example, using one of the most infamous serial killers Ted Bundy this is really shown. In an interview done to him which then turned into a booked called “Ted Bundy. Conversations with a Killer” he said, “It’s just done! I guess I am in the enviable position of not having to deal with guilt…I do not think I need to feel guilty…” This is coming from someone who killed more than 100 people, someone who felt no …show more content…
We are filled with guilt and worry. It is this guilt and worries that people make a point out of. It is normal to feel such a bad emotion after doing something bad in their eyes. Some might even bring up “The Outsiders” written by S.E. Hinton and how she portrayed guilt in her characters. One of the main examples would be Dally. Whom after facing the death of his closest friend Johnny is consumed by guilt. He then goes on to take this guilt and attack officers leading to his demise. This is a very valid point as people at times become overwhelmed by certain feelings not necessarily just guilt and end up doing worse than good. However, these statements are not very good at proving anything as it makes several incidents into a general statement. People make mistakes. Guilt is the emotion that reminds them of these mistakes. Instead of treating it as a bad thing embrace it and acknowledge it. Feeling guilty is normal, it helps us grow and expand our learning horizons. In conclusion, no matter who you are, you should not live with guilt as a burden. It is ultimately a positive emotion that helps you grow up and mature. Without it, you would end up like Ted Bundy or any other psychopath who never felt guilty before in their lives. As a society, we are improving and changing our old outdated ways. A huge example of this is gay marriage which was once intolerable has become a common

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