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Of what use is Long Path self-reproach about one's faults if carried to excess so that one becomes disturbed to the point of neuroticism, or sad to the point of morbidity? Does he think that he alone, of all human beings, is expected to be free of weaknesses? Such excessive preoccupation with his faults is not a truly spiritual activity but, on the contrary, a highly egoistic one. The recognition of his own faults should make a man humbler, when it is beneficial, not prouder, which the thought that he ought to have been above these faults makes him.

-- Notebooks Category 2: Overview of Practices Involved > Chapter 1: Ant's Long Path > # 177

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