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Andrew Mwaso Nsaliwa
Posted 11 months ago
What is guilt and what is it's purpose?
Could you please explain your first response a bit more? And I agree that moral applies to the group, but there are several groups are there not? Several nations scattered through the wold, each with differences in their understanding in what are the right and wrong morals no?
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Andrew Mwaso Nsaliwa
Posted 11 months ago
What is guilt and what is it's purpose?
Thank you Colleen. I like your addition to the definition, it helps it account for some areas that the original definition didn't cover. I wonder though, is guilt shame a necessity? Don't get me wrong, we use it as a tool to identify what behaviors we need to change in our lives (depending on your perception of what should be right) but, as Mitch mentioned below, there are other methods we can use to so the same. Some possibly even better, because as you said, "what purpose or good can come from always believing that we are inadequate? Once we have taken responsibility and learned from the experience, I see no reason to hold onto guilt and shame. " I wonder if guilt and shame feel natural because you grew up around them, we develop an automatic response to situations that usually evoke these emotions.
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Andrew Mwaso Nsaliwa
Posted 11 months ago
What is guilt and what is it's purpose?
Thanks for the response Mark, and yes you understood i correctly. I agree with you that the definition should include relationships. Your explanation is the reason why I asked at the end whether, guilt is a social construct or has evolutionary purpose because, going with that you said, it would benefit humanity by increasing empathy and socialization. If that same perspective was applied to humanity hundreds of years ago, we would have a completely different history. Is that because we were still in the process of evolving this trait, or did we along the line social construct guilt, to further humanity?
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Andrew Mwaso Nsaliwa
Posted 11 months ago
What is guilt and what is it's purpose?
Hey Mitch I appreciate your response and link. Now that you mention it, I think it is close to shame that it is guilt. I completely agree with you there, and its the reason why I asked if guilt is just a social construct, because as Robert (comment below) pointed out, it is not always to do with conflicting with your core belief, it can also be used as a tool . All the examples I can think of, where someone is genuinely guilty are attached to a social norm. If you go to a different culture, someone performing the same action will not give them any guilt. I will try to look into how it is manifested during our early developmental stages. Thanks again.
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Andrew Mwaso Nsaliwa
Posted 11 months ago
What is guilt and what is it's purpose?
Pat thanks for the response. I agree with the fact that ethics is agreement with yourself, but I disagree with your example because we all have doubt before we make most of our decisions, so if I make that contract I will think something bad might happened, and if it does, I will say, "I knew I shouldn't have..." But on the other hand, if it ends up favorable for me, then I wont be in conflict with myself and say, "I know I won but I should have....instead." To say I am immoral with my reaction is to assume I subscribe to the same moral code that is judging me, because in a different culture it would be a different reaction. I took a little offense to you inferring that I might be a punk but I get what you're tying to say. I didnt have time to completely explain that these are not the only things I feel guilty about in life. But to say those examples are indicative or a sociopath is reaching isn't it? Your assuming every individual prescribes to the same morality, which you defined as a cultural agreement.