“A mind that adopts guilt becomes vulnerable, disempowered, and easily led. People who believe they owe a debt to a power stronger than themselves will do just about anything to placate that power and keep it at bay. Since the first guilt trip was laid and accepted, innumerable parents, husbands, wives, children, bosses, governments, cults, and middle school teachers have learned how to make others feel guilty so they can control them. But this has nothing to do with Original Sin, and everything to do with Original Dysfunction.
Some religions have mastered guilt to a finely-tuned science. Guilty people will pay lots of money to have their sins removed, stay in the grace of God, and avoid hell. What they don’t realize as they are writing checks to buy off Big Brother is that there is no hell worse than believing that an external force has power over you and can take away your good.”
Alan Cohen, in “Why Your Life Sucks…And What You Can Do About It”
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