There are two things that can be especially harmful to an individual or to a society: a loss of confidence, and the acquisition of a consuming sense of shame. How many people do we know who have been set adrift after losing their sense of purpose, or after acquiring a sense of guilt? The same crisis can affect nations and societies. What are these qualities, and why are they so deleterious? We analyze and discuss.
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