Sorry – Not Sorry

creating sacred communities

Celebrities and politicians have long found themselves facing public scrutiny resulting in an apology for some private or public infraction.   After the person in question apologizes the next question usually is, “How sorry are they, really?”  Are they sorry they got caught, or are they genuinely remorseful for their actions?  When someone tells the world they are sorry, from whom are they seeking forgiveness and how does the public,  acting as one collective whole, decide they are forgiven?

Apologies are important.  They are expressions that show accountability for an action.  It’s a sign of maturity to apologize.  We teach our children at an early age to say “they are sorry,” when they take a toy being used by another child.  We teach our teenagers to be honest and take responsibility when they scratch the car or come in after curfew.  Sometimes we need the people we love to apologize…

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