As we encroach into 2015, much of the efforts, focus, and thoughts of the media, digital, print, and television, have been on recapping 2014. Retrospection, or looking back, can be a helpful and useful tool to self-inspect for improvement and acknowledgement of the events and actions in the past. Naturally, when performed with health and improvement in mind, retrospection should encourage one to not make the same mistakes in the future as were made in the past, whether recent or distant.
Albert Einstein is commonly attributed with the definition of insanity as, “Insanity is doing the same thing the same way over and over again yet expecting a different result.” In the same light, reporter Daniel D’Addrario broke the story, “Attention all writers! You’re all writing the same thing over and over again. Now that’s insanity.”
It is often stated that, “Acknowledgement of a problem is the first step to overcoming it.” However, acknowledgement of a problem, mistake, or failure is not the same as an apology.
“Semantics,” you say. Hardly. An alcoholic may acknowledge that they have a problem and never feel sorry, much less actually apologize, for the harm they have caused around them. An absentee parent may acknowledge their child, but accept no responsibility in their failure to rear the child, never mind what studies show about relevancy of active parents in child development, or apologize for their actions or lack there of.
Our government leaders, the politicians, are very well versed in this habit. They acknowledge something may or may not have happened, but worry the acknowledgement might cost them re-election, position, or finances. The denial of acknowledgement could and has cost too much, even lives. Is it really worth all of that? Naïve of this author to say? Who can justify the loss of human life? Are there really an acceptable number of casualties?
In the recent Ebola outbreak, the number of casualties was not enormous on the global scale; even the yearly influenza outbreaks claim more lives in the United States alone. However, every life has significance. If a pharmaceutical company acknowledges that they cannot make the vaccinations quickly enough are we to just say, ‘okay?’ Shouldn’t the question be more appropriately, ‘why not?’
When a government agency, insert your (least) favorite acronym here, acknowledges a mistake, an inappropriate action, or, gasp, a cover-up, should the American public settle for only the acknowledgement?
Simply no. Americans should demand, at the very least, an apology. An apology goes beyond the mere acknowledgement of the unpopular. An apology tells the offended party, “I see where you could be hurt by that, and I will strive to change and do better, if not my best, in the future.”
Too simple? Think of the many scandals and acts that have blackened the proverbial eye of America. The truth came to the light of day and scrutiny of the citizenry. Some form of acknowledgement came, but how often did an apology come? When have you ever heard an arrogant politician, a cheating spouse, or a rebellious child apologize of their on fruition? Usually it is the plea of someone who is sorry they were discovered, rather than the apology of an acknowledged wrongdoing. When are we as Americans, or as families, going to demand more from our elected officials, more from our public servants, or more from ourselves? When are we going to demand an apology and not an acknowledgement?
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Those are just a few things that could generally describe Bergen Mease. However, more importantly he is a Believer in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. He is a patriot of the United States of America that comes from a US Navy family. He lives with his wife and children, whom they are raising with conservative leanings. He served as a law enforcement officer and more recently as a law enforcement and emergency services Chaplain. His mission is to write about topics that will make everyone think about how they treat others both personally and professionally.