Guilt and Conceit

Basket of Figs, February, 2005

Bud Powell




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How do you deal with guilt?  A disturbing question, and many will not read past this sentence, because the subject is so unpleasant, that they push it from them.  The modern man hates introspection, he hates those who make him feel guilty and refuses to be “manipulated” by guilt.  He rises above guilt by psycho-babble injections of self-esteem and positive thinking.  He just wants to move on and get on with his life.  He wants to get it all behind him, whether it is the murder of his children, fornication that comes to public view, cheating on political fund-raising, or assaulting fans at sports events.

 Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.” (Pr. 26:12 AV)  “ Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD….” (Is. 55:7 AV)

Having ideas [conceits] is something like having a baby.  No woman thinks her child is ugly.  To her, the little rascal is the most beautiful thing in the world.  We are that way with our ideas.  We will defend them, nourish them, feed them, and support them, but the man is rare indeed who will face his own ideas squarely and send the little beasts packing.  They are his own, after all, and even God is not permitted to intrude and question him.


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