What your feet have touched, your body has not
You are not what you have done
A popular theme in modern TV shows is guilt
ABC seems to think showcasing constant drama and flawed, conflicted characters is the key to good ratings
…and they’re right!
Millennials and Generation Z are seeking self-worth, purpose, and people or things with which they can identify more so than anyone in the past
Why is this?
Part of it is technology, believe it or not
That’s a whole discussion in and of itself
We can tackle that one later!
But it is also on account of a certain well-known fact: people suck
Especially modern Americans
We really suck
The conscience becomes bogged down by bad decisions in times of leisure
Every situation churns in your stomach as you consider the possibilities
Did I do the right thing?
What did they mean?
Do they like me?
Did I offend them?
Why are they acting like this?
Why do I suck at life?
Your overly analytical and obsessive mind dwells on exchanges and events you’ve had or experienced
Your heart becomes heavy and stressed
You hate yourself for being such an idiot
But there is no going back.
There is no undoing the harm you’ve committed to others and yourself
Your soul and your reputation are tainted forever
There is no escape
But then, there it is!
Something to fix your problems!
Or at least help you avoid them
Action does not alter the fabric of your being
It is not the basis for morality
Nor is it a determining factor of virtue
Apparently, committing an unjust action does not make you an unjust person
Thanks Aristotle… and Jesus of Nazareth (both of which are notable philosophers)
Lying does not make you a liar
Stealing does not make you a thief
These actions simply corrupt you in a more general sense
However, assuming humans are born already maximally corrupt – which they are – then, in reality, these actions did not make you any worse than you already were!
It’s so hesitantly encouraging, right?
Don’t let guilt keep you from improving yourself
Every day is a new opportunity to be better, my dude
You should start taking those opportunities