"… there is no way to disarm any man, except through guilt. Through that which he himself has accepted as guilt. If a man has ever stolen a dime, you can impose on him the punishment intended for a bank robber and he will take it. He'll bear any form of misery, he'll feel that he deserves no better. If there's not enough guilt in the world, we must create it. If we teach a man that it's evil to look at spring flowers and he believes us and then does it – we'll be able to do whatever we please with him. He won't defend himself. He won't feel he's worth it. He won't fight. But save us from from the man who lives up to his own standards. Save us from the man of a clean conscience. He's the man who'll beat us." — Villain from my favorite story.
I have been a victim of such villains and bore the pains of guilt I did not deserve. When I realized I was never guilty I started feeling much resentment against my villains whom I now recognized as manipulators who sought control & dominion over me.As always I would like to thank the author for telling me such things. Her books are a treasure chest of anti-Machiavellian wisdom.