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unmanliness or cowardice.
These things, and others like them, are what cause the feeling of shame. Now since shame is
a mental picture of disgrace, in which we shrink from the disgrace itself and not from its
consequences, and we only care what opinion is held of us because of the people who form
that opinion, it follows that the people before whom we feel shame are those whose opinion
of us matters to us. Such persons are: those who admire us, those whom we admire, those by
whom we wish to be admired, those with whom we are competing, and those whose opinion
of us we respect. We admire those, and wish those to admire us, who possess any good
thing that is highly esteemed; or from whom we are very anxious to get something that they
are able to give us - as a lover feels. We compete with our equals. We respect, as true, the
views of sensible people, such as our elders and those who have been well educated. And
we feel more shame about a thing if it is done openly, before all men's eye...
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