Letter: Tacking Toward the Positive
To the Editor:
My life experience resonated with Dan Mackie’s column on shame, a cultural black coat that is burdensome to wear, difficult to shed (“Shame Is in Serious Decline, and Sometimes That’s a Shame,” Aug. 3).
A while back, I read this saying: “More have been flattered into virtue than shamed out of vice.” I memorized it and have tried to make it part of my life. It seems shame defines the person. Guilt, on the other hand, can be a temporary emotion that allows one to see the wrong and make amends. Bad people are shameful; good people sometimes make bad decisions. Life is more enjoyable for me and my family with the above thinking.
White River Junction