Can philosophers help resolve the real problems that people have in their lives?
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I seem to engage in it quite a bit. My thinking seems to be that if I beat myself up enough over something I did wrong or badly, then I will atone for it. The only problem is, I've been beating myself up for years over things that probably aren't tremendous crimes but I don't seem to ever feel like I've atoned for them. So now I sort of wonder if self-flagellation is a herd defense mechanism whereby members that fall out of line destroy themselves for the benefit of the hive mind or something.