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I LOVE this! It totally resonates with me. Einstein's definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

It's no different from sinning: We sin, feel ashamed, remorseful, and afraid; repent so we feel a little bit better about ourselves and pray for forgiveness. That forgiveness comes in whatever form. We think: "Phew! I got away with it. My debt has been paid," only to take that complacency and do it all over again.

Criminals have the same mindset, which is why prisons, particularly in the US, have high recidivism rates.

We might learn "a" lesson from our mistakes, but the lesson often isn't great enough to prevent us from repeating it.

Great post! Thank you!

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