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Fri Nov 3, 2017 7:14am (XFF:


I get a "guilty conscience" sometimes too, when I've done something I shouldn't have.

Here's an example, sort of.

My daughter gave me her cat about five years ago. For reasons I won't get into (it's complicated) I recently took him to the Animal Shelter and "surrendered" him. My daughter found out about it because she had had one of those chips put on him that the Shelter scanned, found her name and number, and called her.

She was really upset and angry with me, because she assumed that he would be euthanized -- adult cats are difficult to adopt out.

She texted me about two weeks later and said that a friend of hers wanted to adopt him, and could I try to locate him.

My heart sank, because I assumed it was likely that he had already been euthanized.

I thought "If they tell me he's been euthanized, I should instead tell her that he had already been adopted out".

I immediately felt guilty for thinking about lying to her. Not because god would punish me. Not because god was looking over my shoulder and would not approve. Not because of anything written in an ancient text thousands of years ago.

Just because it was the wrong thing to do. The right thing to do would be to just tell her and deal with the consequences.

It didn't require a belief in a GOD to make that decision. It was my own innate sense of right and wrong.

[ by the way, he was still available for adoption and is now in a new home, thank Thor ]

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