Rip Parker
4 min readApr 24, 2023


As far back as I can remember I’ve been haunted by the Guilt Ghost. I’ve felt I surely have done something for which I deserve to feel guilty, although right now I’m not sure what it was.

I used to try to figure out how this ghost got ahold of me, but I stopped upon the realization I was attempting to scapegoat others, my family particularly. And, guess what? I started feeling about THAT too.

So, makes no difference why our how the ghost got ahold of me. All that matters now is to dispel it.

Oh, I suppose it is of some value to see what might have contributed to the haunting in order to be sure I don’t participate in causing someone else to be haunted.

The surest answer for that issue is simply Love. If we Truly love those around us with empathetic concern, it is unlikely we will give them reason to feel guilty.

It seems some of us were “born to feel guilty”. There may be some philosophic truth to that. Karma is real. Perhaps we are here to learn to dispel karmic guilt from a previous life, and to just finally let it go.

Guilt can have a legitimate purpose. It is to point out something me need to change. So, if I can’t name what that is, why feel guilt? I’ve narrowed it down. I seem to feel guilty for being me (karma?).

Oh wow, that is dumb, but it’s real. Perhaps the ghost is more karma than not. I’ve studied a lot of psychology, so beware — I’m…



Rip Parker

Geophysicist, lawyer, mediator, student of Jung, phenomenology, semiotics