In this week’s Kyokai no Kanata, we only saw a few glimpses of our main male character, Akihito Kanbara. He was absent in the lives of the other characters as well as in the show, skipping school, likely because he was unable to concentrate after losing control the previous night and almost killing a number of people, including some he holds dear.
Super demonic powers aside, I can certainly understand what it feels like after losing control. I’m an impatient man, and all too often I snap at my family members, who rarely, if ever, deserve it. And almost immediately, I feel guilty about my actions.
Guilt is a powerful thing – as with shame, it can lead to positive change as well as to pain and self-destruction. It’s also often associated with religion. While Christians should feel a sense of guilt after they sin, I hope that these feelings don’t act as a driving force in our lives. Instead, I hope that guilt is a reminder of grace – the penalty we were once under and the freedom we now have.
I want to hear your thoughts about guilt and how it intermixes both with religion and with your personal life.
What are your thoughts about the role guilt plays in the life of a believer, or more personally, in your own life? Is your life plagued by guilt? Has guilt driven you to do certain actions, bad or good? Has guilt had a very negative impact in your life? Have you overcome feelings of guilt?