A net in which many mortals become entangled is the belief that because they have made a serious mistake, they must suffer indefinitely a penalty. It may be a bad investment with years of resulting recrimination; a moral lapse that seems to have cast a darkening cloud on life's way; a domestic or business partnership unwisely entered into with consequent friction and thwarted hopes; an ill-chosen vocation, leading to disappointment and a feeling that one's life has been a failure; or a crime committed, followed by what seems an unerasable stigma.
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