Guilt is a key motivator of humans. Guilty humans will go to great lengths either to deny error or to compensate for error.
I’ve been feeling guilty all day today. I got out in the garden early to plant stuff before it became hot. The first thing I saw was a pair of tree swallows trying in vain to get into the two wren-houses I built for my garden. The hole was too small and the bird could only get the head inside. In the afternoon after planting half my shrubs I decided it was too hot to do anything and retired to the cool of the house. That only made me feel more guilty… So, finally, I jumped up and selected material to make a proper tree swallow house. It’s much bigger than the wren-house because the swallows are bigger and they have lots of nestlings. I made a 1.5″ hole this time and used heavier materials because the house would be out in the open rather than close in to my garden. I welded some t-bars together to make a post and planted the thing at the far end of one of the berms, so the swallows would have a lot of height for their “dive”, almost 10 feet. I don’t need to worry about the young wandering around on the lawn demanding to be fed. The swallows fly and never return to the nest. They move to where there are more bugs. They are beautiful birds, eh?