We all know what it feels like to want to disappear and go somewhere else. One slip of the tongue or one quick mistake is enough to publicly embarrass us. Over the past decade, there has been a rise in television shows that feature “awkward comedy”, a situation that can only be humorous because it isn’t happening to us. But when it does happen to us, it’s anything but funny.
Imagine a situation in which you feel more embarrassed than you ever have before, to the point of being sickened by yourself. Even if no one is around, you can’t escape the feeling because you know your mistake and you suspect that someone else will always know as well. This is the feeling of shame.
Today, we’ll be studying the result of the first ever sin and the first ever case of shame. We’ll see the reaction of our great-great-great-great grandparents, Adam and Eve, and learn what to do when we face this unpleasant experience ourselves.