Ashamed to Repent

We started reading Robinson Crusoe last night as a family.  At the end of the first chapter Lucy said, “Uh!  I just want him to go home.”   I, on the other hand, am finding the descriptions of the way people can rationalize their behavior and ignore their consciences to be instructive.  Listen to this snippet:

I have since observed, how incongruous and irrational the common temper of mankind is, especially of youth, to that reason which ought to guide them in such cases – viz. that they are not ashamed to sin, and yet are ashamed to repent; not ashamed of the action for which they ought justly to be esteemed fools, but are ashamed of the returning, which only can make them be esteemed wise men.

Daniel Defoe, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1919), 8-9.

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