QOTD: G.K. Chesterton — Apologies

A stiff apol­o­gy is a sec­ond insult. The injured par­ty does not want to be com­pen­sat­ed because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
–G.K. Chester­ton, author (1874–1936)

I’ve annoyed quite a few peo­ple because I will not accept or acknowl­edge apolo­gies giv­en under duress.

If some­one over about 6 years old has been told to apol­o­gize for some­thing, I do not believe the apol­o­gy is sin­cere. Any­one over that age who does­n’t have some sort of dis­abil­i­ty should be able to tell that he has done or said some­thing hurt­ful or out of line. 

I won’t ask for an apol­o­gy for the same rea­son. If some­one is apolo­getic, she will apol­o­gize on her own.

I sup­pose I’m also odd in that I do not con­sid­er a tossed-off “sor­ry” an apol­o­gy. An apol­o­gy includes acknowl­edg­ment of the wrong done and an expres­sion of regret. If you’ve done some­thing more than acci­den­tal­ly bump into a per­son in pub­lic with­out any harm done, “sor­ry” isn’t sufficient.

EDIT: There’s no hid­den mean­ing in this post. It was pro­voked sole­ly by the quote, which was in a mail­ing list mes­sage. I don’t think I’m wait­ing for an apol­o­gy about any­thing from any­one. Really.

Cyn is a proud Mommy & Mémé, professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
Posts created 4241

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Posts

Begin typing your search term above and press enter to search. Press ESC to cancel.

Back To Top