One brother said to Abba Pimen: "I am troubled by thoughts and does not allow me to think about my sins, but they make me notice only the faults of my brother." How similar it is to us! Then Abba Pimen told him about Abba Dioscore, who was crying about himself in the cell. The student asked: "Father, what are you crying about?" - "I cry for my sins, my child." "You have no sins, Father." But the elder replied: "I assure you, my son, if it were possible for me to see my sins, then there would not be four more people to mourn with them with me." "He is truly a man who knows himself," - completed his story Avva Pimen.
This is true, because the animal, for example, is turned outward, does not reflect on its life: does not reflect on its meaning, does not reflect on where his life will flow. A man is different from an animal, that he can not live just like that, he has to know why he lives, what is the point. Therefore, if we care only about eating, drinking, dressing, or somehow having fun, then this is a dog's life. So now lives, unfortunately, most people: they do not think that they are getting old, that they will have to die, that for every word it will be necessary to keep an answer. And every person who has forgotten God tries to somehow evade the main question: what is the meaning of life?
Now, that is truly a man who has known himself.
Repentance is peculiar to man, he has such an opportunity. If the conscience does not die in him, he can always evaluate his action and understand whether he is good or bad. This is based primarily on conscience. When the human conscience is still alive (usually it happens in young people, and with the years of conscience gradually falls asleep and then completely dies), then if a person does something bad, he regrets it, sometimes hesitates to admit it, tries to be like himself Something to justify, but his conscience is still tormenting, recalls the evil that is contained inside.