Sunday, March 29, 2009

Why do you say sorry?

There has been a lot in the press lately about saying sorry. And especially as we have recently celebrated the anniversary of the Australian Federal Government’s “Sorry Statement “ to the Australian Aborigines.
This question has divided a lot of people, as many feel that they had no need to apologize for events that happened in their ancestors past, to people who were also not here then. Others felt that it is was necessary, to make the present people feel a sense of closure to the past, even if it is just a symbolic gesture.
All of this brings up the question, “Why bother if you don’t mean it?” Again, “If it’s not so much to right a wrong, but to make the person or organization making the apology feel better,” why apologize if it is not genuine?
All of which leads me to ask you, “Why do you apologize? (Assuming that you do occasionally!) Do you apologies because you are really sorry, and wish you hadn’t done it? Or are you just sorry that you got caught and are trying to alleviate your punishment? Do you apologize to try and make the other person feel better? Or do you apologies to try and make yourself feel better?
Personally I don’t think it is fair to yourself or the other person, if you apologize without meaning it, As the Bible says in Matthew 5: 37, “Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No”; Anything more comes from the evil one.”
Well, you have heard what the Bible and I think, so what say you?

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