A sense of guilt
27 May 2015
A true sense of guilt changes you – it changes things. It makes you undo the wrong you did. It transforms you. Otherwise, it’s not real guilt – it’s just discomfort, or an unpleasant feeling that you’ve done something which wouldn’t be approved of, by others. But this is not the same as a true feeling of guilt, which springs out from inside irrespective of outside influences – like hunger, or deep organic pain. If it’s not deep enough to make you change things, it’s not a true sense of guilt.
That must be why confession plays such a big role in Christian practices – because, if it is genuine (and accompanied by remorse), it is guaranteed to change you – thereby helping you become a better person, irrespective of its consequences (forgiveness, punishment or reward).
The other mind
19 May 2015
One can live in a particular time, the way other people live in a certain space. “Where do you live – where do you come from?” “I live in the era of the Glorious Revolution – I come from the 17th century” and the like…
Travelling back to one’s home country can be a journey in time, just as well as coming here in the first place, discovering each and every new place, was a window into the future. (For others, of course, this can also be a return to the past).
The other mind knows no such clear-cut, conceptual distinctions. The other mind just lives and breathes through experiences. It feeds itself from roots and instincts located so deep down inside – further down inside than the bottom of the conscious self – and it reaches further away than the rational mind can see.
When we ‘see’ the absurd, and appreciate the beautiful non-sense of the world, it is the other mind that is whispering in our ear. We need to watch out for such drops of madness in our lives – they may well be the true seeds of wisdom. Some that can bring peace of mind, too.