Some guilt comes natural to us as human beings. For example, unless our conscience has been seared, we are going to feel guilty when we physically injure another person, whether accidentally or on purpose. A similar level of guilt generally results from verbally abusing someone or stealing something from them. But then there is the type of guilt that is learned. There are some things that I would never have thought of feeling guilty about until our culture told me I needed to. These things do not universally spark guilt. In fact, in some cultures, people do even give them a second thought. Below I have listed a few of them.
1) Running from a fight and leaving other others to carry on with it.
2) Having stuff that many others don’t have.
3) Surviving an accident or illness that someone else didn’t survive.
4) Getting something for free that others have to pay for.
5) Dressing inappropriately or unattractively.
6) Spending money on yourself.
7) Taking a day off sick.
8) Being willing to do whatever it takes to save yourself from physical or financial harm.
9) Witnessing a crime and not intervening.
10) Avoiding the legal consequences for your actions at all costs.
11) Being afraid to speak up when you have information that might be of use to the police.
12) Being an opportunist/exploiting every advantage you have and every opportunity that comes your way.
13) Fighting back against someone who is disadvantaged in some way.
14) Criticizing someone who is supposedly above reproach.
15) Being a white, heterosexual, Christian male.