Lies, shame, guilt

Shame is the emotional drive that prevents people from making lies of commission, i.e. false representations of reality. Individuals (e.g. psychopaths) and racial populations (e.g. Semitics, Africans) that have no feelings of restraint about lying for personal gain are therefore described as “shameless”.

Guilt is the emotional drive that prevents people from making lies of omission, i.e. keeping silence on matters of importance. The Asian shame cultures are illustrative of the difference, and their byzantine culture is the result of many strange acrobatics to avoid getting directly at the truth. Individuals and racial populations that have no pangs of conscience about enshrouding the truth are therofore described as “guiltless”.

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19 Responses to Lies, shame, guilt

  1. Koanic says:

    Excellent

  2. Koanic says:

    The lack of white guilt in this post is shameful.

  3. Edenist Whackjob says:

    I’ve always said that “shame is about being, guilt is about doing” but this one is interesting too.

  4. SirHamster says:

    Are there people who have both guilt and shame such that they do not lie by commission or omission, or is one always one of those categories?

  5. Jdc says:

    Interesting post, currently I’m watching this:

    The only other race that doesn’t seem to have “energy conservation constraints” outside the white race seems to be the Japanese. I wonder if that’s due to their Ainu admixture?

  6. Jdc says:

    I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed how kitsch Chinese face culture is. Such as when many Chinese take wedding photos in imitation castles or wearing fantasy clothing. It really comes off as ridiculous rather than elegant. Or hotels that have an impressive marble lined front and the rest of the building is just cheap brickwork.

  7. LEATHUR says:

    Something I am versus something I did.

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