This month’s Socrates Café question:

“Is guilt a valid or necessary emotion?”

If you don’t comment, I’ll be crushed.

5 Responses to “November ‘09 Socrates Café”
  1. gonzo says:

    ugh, now i’d feel guilty if i didn’t comment.
    it’s like jealousy and first impressions…we’re going to have them but we shouldn’t carry them around with us all the time

  2. Mike Marrone says:


    It’s valid if you are a juror and necessary if you are an Italian.

  3. Cindy Marrone says:

    Valid for the bad, invalid for the good.

  4. Arlene says:

    I agree with Mike. Guilt is necessary if you are Italian and/or Catholic!

  5. Andrea says:

    Guilt is a way of taking responsibilty for one’s actions. The guilt one feels is a reflection of the hurt and betrayal the wronged person feels, much like empathy is a way of transcending oneself and trying to understand another human being in his/her pain. Guilt lets one realize that his/her actions effect others. With the freedom of being able to do right or wrong by another person comes the responsibility to accept the emotional consequences. “That is why I recommend that the Statue of Liberty on the East Coast be supplemented with a Statue of Responsibility on the West Coast.” -Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

    What are these gatherings usually like? About how many people tend to show up? I might be able to make it out on the 21st!