Guilt and Optimism

Guilt and optimism can be good things. Only the psychopathic mind feels no guilt at all, and when we do wrong, that wrong is mitigated if we can feel some guilt over our actions. Guilt can make us do things differently, and channel us into making reparations for our wrong-doing.

Likewise, most of us will take actions with a sense of optimism. How else can one explain the widespread sale of lottery tickets? We all hope that, against the impossible odds, we will succeed. It’s a pleasant little daydream to think we can achieve huge success with little effort, but we still indulge ourselves.

But however we choose to act as individuals, as a society we shouldn’t have guilt or wild optimism at the heart of our decision-making process. Continue reading »