This week’s prompt is:  Guilt – Illuminating or Engulfing the Darkness?

“Guilt is a useless feeling. It’s never enough to make you change direction–only enough to make you useless.” ― Daniel Nayeri, Another Faust

“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.” ― Voltaire

Guilt can be a useful tool as a nag in our ear if we’ve done something wrong, or neglected to do something kind, but what makes us apologize when we are innocent?  Why do we say sorry to the person that bumped into us?  For some it may just be being polite, while others are trapped in a downward spiral of misery.

Often people feel guilty because they have their mother’s, father’s or church’s voices in their heads telling them they shouldn’t have done something.  “Stop reading that book.  Get up and be productive.”  “You shouldn’t have said that.”  “You hurt his feelings.”  “You’re selfish.”  “You’re lazy.”  “You’re a sinner.”  “You’re going to hell.”

Suggested Prompts:

*Why do we feel guilt when we haven’t done anything wrong?  Does society, family, and religious institutions use guilt as a method to control their members? Is there a useful side to guilt?  Share your thoughts and feelings on these matters.

*Write a short story, poem, or share a picture or song that gives your take on guilt and it’s role in your life and in society overall.

*Any inspired offering that somehow relates to guilt and whether it is illuminating or engulfing the darkness.

Dungeon Prompts are meant to open up the abandoned rooms inside ourselves and dust them off a bit.  Explore the recesses of your mind and get back with a poem, story, essay or creative offering.  Link your post to this specific prompt page and I’ll share your link back with our readers.

To participate, all you’ll need to do is:

1.            Tag your post with: “DungeonPrompts”

2.            Link back to this page in the body of your post *

3.            Dive deep within and give us a glimpse of your soul!**

 

*note: If the pingback doesn’t work, then please leave the link to your post in the comment section.

**If you don’t have a blog please feel free to join the discussion in the comment section.

 

Our Guilt Prompt Contributors are:

Guilt: The Non-Emotion – Tracy’s Healing Art

The Orphan – Marsnplato

Guilt – My Spirit Journey

Digital Friendship – Dream Cloud Diaries

Introspection – MarthaOstout

No “Guilt Trips” Please – Traces of the Soul

Crying Out for Consciousness – The Seeker’s Dungeon

Guilt Web – Contemplating Me

Guilt – Writing Works in Progress

Heaven’s Chains – Follow Your Shadow

Guilt or my Loyal Friend – A Writer’s Word 

Foggy Morning – MarthaOstout

A Legacy of Self-Destruction – The Seeker’s Dungeon

Dragon Guilt – MarthaOstout

 

Featured image via http://www.wall.alphacoders.com

28 Comments

  1. excellent insights. have you ever heard randy newman’s song “guilty”? (it’s also been covered by joe cocker and bonnie raitt.) it sums up the problem with a certain strain of neurotic guilt that afflicts many of us beautifully. thanks also for liking my blog posts.

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