I am travelling to China for a series of workshops and one of the things I am doing there is teaching a basic training programme. It is a 3 year programme with 24 modules and classes a year. Each day I teach a new module. The one I am writing on the plane is called the Dynamics of Guilt.
The first thing it does is trigger the guilt in me, being one of my specialist subjects, which encompasses just about everything–including the fact that I should have written the module on guilt a few weeks ago rather than on the plane to China.
Actually, I am enjoying writing these modules as I do a certain amount of research including looking for good quotes about the subject matter. In doing so I came across this one.
“Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isn’t enough and you have to go and get shot or something.”
Well, on the surface this isn’t such a magical quote, not full of the nuances of Shakespeare or the wisdom of Socrates. In fact, just about anyone could have said this. But considering the subject matter of this module and how we often attempt to punish ourselves because we feel guilty, then it may come as no surprise to you that the author of the quote was John Lennon.
Careful what you say!
Careful what you do!
Had any good guilt trips recently?