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The Origins of Guilt

The Origins of Guilt

The Debtor-Creditor Relationship

In primitive societies, guilt starts as a tangible, external phenomenon tied to the debtor-creditor relationship. If a debtor fails to repay a debt, they owe something to the creditor, creating a sense of guilt and obligation.

Example:

Person A borrows a cow from Person B. The agreement is that Person A will repay with 2 cows after a year. Person A fails to repay the debt, he feel a sense of guilt towards Person B. This guilt is external: based on the specific debt. He might face punishment, or be required to offer something else as compensation, like labor.

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