Topic: guilt

I Regret Everything: Accusing My Teacher Of Sexual Harassment

I Regret Everything: Accusing My Teacher Of Sexual Harassment

I’ve never been very good with people. I was shy growing up, and I have always been tentative about building relationships. Sometimes, I make snap judgments and I often come to the wrong conclusion about people’s intentions. Most of the time, these judgements are relatively small and harmless, and I’m able to carry on with nothing but my pride injured. Other times, the results can be much more damaging.

One particular event in high school forced me to realize this. More »

Holiday Miracle, or Religious Guilt?

Holiday Miracle, or Religious Guilt?

I understand the concept of religious guilt — I’m a Jew. I feel guilty about pretty much everything. I feel terrible that you didn’t get the Christmas present you want, and I’m so sorry that you haven’t seen your grandparents yet this year, and I accept full responsibility for your flight being delayed yesterday and you not making it home in time to eat dinner with your family. God, I feel so bad.

But here’s someone who puts my guilt to shame. Consumerist.com reports that a man who stole a hammer from a hardware store 25 years ago sent the store a check for the item, including a letter to the following effect: More »