Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Apology Not Accepted

There is a growing epidemic in this country:  the public apology. Typically, it comes on the heels of wholly inappropriate public statements or actions by a public figure. As a society, we must stop accepting these apologies from people who should have known better beforehand. As George Costanza would say, “You can stuff your sorries in a sack!”

Of course, people have the natural right to their opinion with the varied protections – in particular, the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – afforded free speech. Yet, modern society has come to an unspoken agreement that there are certain things that are wrong to think or say. Things deemed racist, sexist, homophobic, etc., or just outright rude and unsavory. Therefore, people must be held responsible for deplorable and offensive behavior, or we will continue the downward spiral into a depraved and disrespectful society.

While love may be never having to say you’re sorry, a polite society is one that never has anything to be sorry about in the first place. But, as Captain Jean-Luc Picard would say, “A line must be drawn here! This far, no further!”

©2013 Steve Sagarra

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