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It was one's own ignorance and immaturity which made one act in a way which now seems very wrong and to be ashamed of. It is no use accusing oneself forever and ever of it. It is better humbly to distill its wisdom, gain its constructive teaching, and uplift one's character. For a man to accept himself as he is would be foolish counsel if he had nothing more than his sins and guilt, his ego and passions, his folly and stupidity. But it is because he has a deeper self--one that links him with the gods--that it can now become a wiser counsel. Let him take it now and work upon himself with this better self.

-- Notebooks Category 13: Human Experience > Chapter 1: Situation > # 413

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