But let us ask here, what is weighed on the scale of consicence? Not an individual event but the collection of all past and future events which vastly outstrip the weight of the moment. No matter how generous the charitable act, the individual is overwhelmed with the smallness of it in comparison to everything else. The only thing that can encompass the totality of what is weighed on the scales of conscience is the totality of the individual. This is an activity very far from hypocrisy which exaggerates small virtues and ignores large vices. We could call this hypercrisy.
Read now the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.
The sufferer of Falzhaefengilt is no doubt very familiar with this parable and the sufferer does not see himself at all reflected in the position of the Tax Collector. Rather he sees himself in scales of conscience always as the Pharisee who is using his good act to justify himself (this despite the fact that the good act had nothing to do with an attempt to justify himself). Therefore he attempts to turn to the position of the Tax Collector by forgetting the good acts and bringing to mind all his own sins and shortcomings. In such a way he attempts to throw himself on the mercy of God. He accuses himself to justify himself. Unfortunately in so-doing he deprives himself again of self-justification because, again, the motivation for repentance is selfish and insincere therefore hypocritical. No path to justification remains possible.
Dear reader, the hole has been dug as deeply as it can. The trap has snapped shut. We have ended our decent into Falzhaefengilt and we find it dark and frustrating, but we also find it finite. Understanding now, as fully as possible, the cause and symptoms of Falzhaefengilt, the fact it is not a something-else but a thing in and of itself, we turn now to the other questions. Is it good or bad? Should it be cured? Can it be cured?
We leave you now with the Ford Maddox Brown painting, Manfred on the Jungfrau.