Taking leave of one’s moral senses is not without a due penalty, just as
taking leave without pay for two months has a financial penalty. Every
act that is motivated by moral debauchery, deception, treachery etc. has
moral consequences that impact on the mental and spiritual state of both the
perpetrator and the intended victim. Those perpetrators of evil seared in their own conscience (desensitised) by self-aggrandizement, self-deception, hubris and malice etc. are often seemingly bereft of the natural ability to exhibit true remorse. A person who has to say “I am sincerely sorry” multiple times in a single ‘declaration’ of ‘contrition’ should be placed on the greasy over-reaching, self-serving, suspect list.
In a human society penalties are imposed for criminal wrongdoing because
there are laws, codes and ordinances that must be obeyed. In the moral
sphere, a guilt-stricken person, is under a form of sentence because an
inner universal law understood by most New Zealanders has declared a verdict
and the realisation of the truth has impacted on the inner man.