I agree, +Scott Hatch
, at least in principle. But the complexities are so enormous. Go back zero generations: If I am living off the gains of my own evil (h/t to +Norman Ma
there), then the wrong is clear. One generation: If I'm am living off the gains of my father's evil, still pretty clear; even if I didn't personally do anything wrong, I probably shouldn't have what I have. But 5 or 10 generations? Seems completely intractable. In that much time, it is quite likely as much injustice was done to my bloodline as it did to any other. And how would we know in any case? Ten generations is 2^10 + 2^9 + 2^8... + 2^1 ancestors. I don't even want to do the math, but it's a hell of a lot of people, many of whom undoubtedly victimized others, others of whom were undoubtedly victimized. I think "cultural guilt" while intuitive, is probably, in the limit, intractable, unless
, that is, it is sustained from generation to generation (hmmm... as it has been in the case of Native Americans...).