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Guilt/Guilty is the state of being found at fault for some wrongdoing by others, as well as a feeling of heavy responsibility or regret for an offense, crime, or wrong that was either intentionally or unintentionally committed by the person suffering with guilt. Guilt is a self-inflicted phenomenon in which we cannot stop mentally punishing ourselves for wrongs we have committed. Feeling guilty can make us feel bad. Sometimes, the guilt one feels is certainly warranted, but a feeling of guilt often results because we base it on assumptions, falsehoods, and fears about our ability to succeed or do things correctly. Have you ever felt guilty? Was the guilt based on something real that you did or was the guilt caused by your imagination? Do you feel guilt everyday? When you feel guilty, what course of action do you take to feel better? Have you ever tried to make others feel guilty? Did it make you feel better or was it not worth the negativity and pain that you caused someone else? How do you feel when other people place the blame for bad things on you? Are there ways in which guilt can be productive or positive? Do you feel your guilt indicates you are an evil person for doing what you feel guilty about, or a good person, for feeling guilt about it? Has guilt ever made you frustrated enough to attack people who had good intentions when talking to you about your problems?

According to USA Today, the list of women claiming that Bill Cosby (77), who was thought of by many as a comedic legend and an American Icon symbolizing wholesome family values, is guilty of rape and/or sexual assault is growing. One of the latest accusations was made by the wife of Lou Ferigno, star of the Incredible Hulk television series of the late 1970’s. Carla Ferigno, who was a Playboy Bunny at the time, claims that she met Bill Cosby in 1967 after being invited to his house. According to Mrs. Ferigno, Cosby waited until their were no witnesses and then grabbed her violently and kissed her hard on the mouth. Ferigno stated,”No one has ever been that physically violent with me. I was stunned. I was frozen. I took all my body strength and used both of my arms to stop him and push him away from me. He was so forceful.” Apparently, Mrs. Ferigno was able to find her date and leave Cosby’s house before he could do worse. According to USA today, however, a registered nurse from Florida by the name of Therese Serignese was not so lucky. According to Ms. Serignese, she met Cosby in 1976 at the Las Vegas Hilton while headlining a show at the hotel. Cosby, who noticed the 19 year old in the hotel gift shop and quickly coaxed her to follow him to the green room, held out his hand and told Ms. Serignese to take the two white pills with the glass of water that he was offering. According to Ms. Serignese, “The next memory I have was I was in a bathroom and I was kind of bending forward and he was behind me having sex with me.” She goes on to say, “I felt drugged and I was being raped and it was kind of surreal. My frame of mind was that it would be over soon and I could just get out of there.” Although, Ms. Serignese did not call the police, admits to having a sexual encounter with Cosby around 1982, and also admits receiving money from Cosby in the years following the initial encounter, the drugging and rape accusation is difficult to overlook because it strengthens the allegations of the other dozen or so women making similar claims. Unfortunately, Cosby has refused to answer the claims, which, in the court of public opinion, makes him look guilty.

Have you ever felt guilt because you overcharged someone? Well, if you have, I am sure that you will not be pleased by the way that Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance and the Kapiolani Medical Center in Hawaii treated vacationing Canadians, Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel and her husband, Darren. According to Today.com, Mrs. Kimmel began labor two days into the vacation and was air lifted to Kapiolani Medical Center and placed on bed rest for six weeks. Eventually, Kimmel had a C section and gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Reece, nine weeks premature. After the birth, baby Reece was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit for eight weeks. Unfortunately, the proud parents soon found out that, after being assured by Saskatchewan Blue Cross that they were covered for their trip to the US, the insurance company refused to pay based on a preexisting condition exclusion. Apparently, Mrs. Kimmel had a bladder infection that caused slight hemorrhaging about a month prior to their Hawaii trip. As would soon be discovered, the Kimmels owed $950,000! According to Mrs. Kimmel, “At no point was I ever told by a doctor that a bladder infection could cause a water breakage down the road . . . the doctors at Kapiolani told me there is no specific cause. They can’t link a water breakage to anything. These things just happen.” Unfortunately, the new parents are struggling to figure out what they can do about the debt and past-due collection. According to Today.com, “the Saskatchewan government and the state of Hawaii picked up a portion of the bill, but about $900,000 still remains.” Certainly, if the Kimmels are forced into bankruptcy for this debt, it would be one more example of how big business and powerful corporations (see Corporacracy) are allowed to take advantage of those who have less. You or I would feel guilty if we were the ones of charging the new parents a million bucks to deliver their child. But, it is very possible that the hospital and doctors do not feel any guilt at all (i.e. otherwise, they would do something about it). The insurance company, on the other hand, lied to clients, abandoned them when they were needed the most, and they continue to collect premium dues without conscience. So, who is guiltier, the hospital or the Insurance company?

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