Diest TKO wrote:
I think most impoverished people would rather things be done about their situation than simply having people feel bad.
When my grandparent's got a check for $7000.00 for being put in interment camps, they tore it up. They would have preferred a proactive look at the camps and not a retroactive one. They get some check after decades? After their friends and parents had died?
Foofie, I agree with what you say about "guilt" versus "shame." I think shame is the more sincere emotion. However, I'd add that sometimes guilt is the right thing for some to feel if they know something is wrong yet they participate or are complacent about it.
Let us not broach the emotion of "remorse." I rarely hear anyone admitting to remorse. Have you ever read of remorseful Germans? Remorseful Whites?
The problem with guilt, I believe, is it can be admitted without feelings of shame or remorse; perhaps, often an empty statement.
I feel shame and remorse for what happened to Japanese Americans (actually just Americans like anyone else; no hyphen really needed, I believe). Not to say my emotions, in this regard, are better than anyone else's, it is just that too few people, I believe get beyond "admitting" guilt. Admitting guilt can be a very austere emotion; sort of like hospital green walls.