Obama on Guilt


...it was the one trick my mother always had up her sleeve, that way she had of making me feel guilty. She made no bones about it, either. "You can't help it," she told me once. "Slipped it into your baby food. Don't worry, though," she added, smiling like a Cheshire cat. "A healthy dose of guilt never hurt anybody. It's what civilization was built on, guilt. A highly underrated emotion.

President Barack Obama in Dreams from My Father.

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Huh. I've always considered guilt to be a very unhealthy and diseased emotion, but then again I suppose it's like stress: Too much willl maim and kill you, but a little is good for you. Must be luxurious to be subjected to only logical and tiny amounts of the vile stuff while growing up.