Guilt: A failure of duty, an offence, a sin. 2
Responsibility for an action or event; the fault of. 3 The fact or state of having (wilfully) committed, or of being guilty of, a crime or
moral offence; guiltiness, culpability. b A feeling or sense of being guilty. c Conduct involving guilt; sin; crime. Oxford Dictionary
Richard: No matter how well-behaved and well-adjusted
a normal person is – urbane, polite, civilised, educated – they cannot help but generate malicious and sorrowful feelings from time-to-time
... and neither malicious feelings towards another nor sorrowful feelings towards oneself, or vice versa, are conducive to a happy and harmless
life (be it the communal life or an individual life). And to then become loving and compassionate, either towards another or towards oneself,
is to but gild over the negative with the positive ... with less than satisfactory results.
Whenever push comes to shove, this thin veneer of civilised life can vanish in an
instant and the instinctual survival passions can come surging out in full force (such as in peoples being trampled to death in the stampede
for the exit in a theatre or cinema when there is a fire).
In the normal human world one is considered guilty where one does nothing about
one’s human nature. Traditionally people try to avoid this ‘doing nothing’ guilt by living in accord with culturally-determined morals
and ethics and values and principles and mores and so on. I am more interested in pointing the finger at the root cause of all the misery and
mayhem: the identity parasitically inhabiting the flesh and blood body (‘I’ as ego and ‘me’ as soul) ... and this entity is not only
socially reprehensible by its very existence but individually insalubrious as well.
One is guilty not by having a human nature ... by being human nature (‘I’ am
‘my’ feelings and ‘my’ feelings are ‘me’): ‘I’ am guilty by virtue of ‘my’ very presence: it is ‘me’ as a
psychological/psychic ‘being’ (at root an instinctual ‘being’) who is guilty of being harmful just by existing ... but it is not
‘my’ fault as ‘I’ am not to blame for ‘my’ existence (if anything it is blind nature which is at fault or to blame).
The solution to all this is to be found in the actual world: in a pure consciousness experience
(PCE), where ‘I’ as ‘my’ feelings am temporarily absent, it will be experienced that one is innocent for the very first time ... in a
PCE there is not the slightest trace of guilt whatsoever to be found.