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Letter: Remorse not a dirty word

Posted: July 27, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 26, 2012 9:16 p.m.

“Remorse.” My thesaurus tells me it involves regret, sorrow, repentance, guilt and shame, to name a few.

When did we lose the ability to be sorry, ashamed and repentant for our wrongs? Was it when we were taught that we can do no wrong, it is always someone else who caused it?

Was it when we knew we did not have to show any strengths of our own, because the world owed us what we were unable to earn for ourselves, by our own labor? Was it when we felt no need for a moral ethic in our everyday life? Was it when we decided unhealthy pleasures were foremost in our enjoyment of life?

We cannot blame the Internet, the movies or the guns. We can only blame ourselves for losing the difference between right and wrong. We can only blame ourselves for losing all precepts of a moral lifestyle.

I am not saying you have to join a church, synagogue or mosque. I am saying that, a long time ago, a simple set of moral values was laid out. Even if you have forgotten they came from a Bible, remember they laid a foundation for right living.

Let’s just look at six and see how much better our life would be:
- Honor your father and mother.
- No murder.
- No adultery.
- No stealing.
- No lies about your neighbor.
- No lusting after your neighbor’s house, wife, servant, maid, ox (Porsche) or donkey (Suburban). Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s.

“Remorse” is not a dirty word — it is a cleansing word.

OK, that is my soapbox for the day. I only hope we can change for the better, and not keep slipping further away from personal responsibility.


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