“Would ‘sorry’ have made any difference? Does it ever? It’s just a word. One word against a thousand actions.”
― Sarah Ockler
“Sorry, always sorry. What in the world can you buy with an apology?”
― Marie Lu
“Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness.”
― John Wayne
I just finished reading an article on National Review entitled, The Humiliating Art of The Woke Apology. In the article, it alludes to the fact that a person who offended some group, institution or person got caught saying something let’s say 25 years ago would have been nothing. The author, Rich Lowry, shows us how the woke apology has evolved over time, becoming what it is now, which is nothing more than an embarrassing slew of words thrown together to appease someone, somewhere who thought who thought that they were being offended.
An excellent example from the article follows:
“A routine feature of over-the-top apologies is the vast gap between the alleged offense and the depths of the confessions of wrongdoing. The tone and content of many contemporary apologies might be appropriate if, say, Aaron Burr were expressing regret for shooting Alexander Hamilton, or if Andrew Jackson were coming to terms with the enormity of the Trail of Tears.”
In reading many of the offenses first, and then the response from the person who said it, I am often struck by the totality of the apology. You would think that the person was apologizing for a life consumed by actual hate crimes instead of refusing to use the proper pronoun when speaking about the freaks in the transgender world.
I believe that this type of thinking needs to stop. We supposedly live in a country where our freedoms are God given rights. More recently. The SJW’s and PC police have made it their business to shut anyone up who doesn’t agree with them. In the movie The Judge, the characters played by Robert Downey jr. and Robert Duvall get into an argument while driving back from the courthouse. The Judge insists that another son stop the car so he can get out. Before Downey jr. exits the vehicle, he makes a statement to the effect that he wishes the Judge had died and not his mother. A short scuffle ensues and Downey jr. says to the two brothers in the front seats of the car, “What line were you two in when they were giving out testicles?” The third brother, who is slightly mentally challenged, then looks at the driver and very sincerely asks him, “What line were we in when they were giving out testicles?”
My point here is that both men and women need to grow a set. Everyone is so afraid of how these mindless cretins will respond that they immediately kowtow to the crazies and issue the most absurd apologies. Now I fully understand that these people often fear for their jobs, but by the point that they apologize, the job they had is already history. Then they are blacklisted. For people in many fields, it is then very difficult to find a new job.
I am at a point in my life where I am happily retired and refuse to play this stupid game of words. If I don’t agree with something, that is my God given right to do so. As long as I don’t hurt anyone, I can say and think what I want. The left needs to get it through their heads that just because I disagree with you does not make me white supremacist etc. It simply means I disagree with you.
Needless to say, you will never, ever hear or read any type of apology from me, unless, of course, it is mixed with a nice dose of sarcasm. For example, over the course of my years working in the Ossining UFSD, I had to deal with transgender kids. Most of them had underlying mental health issues and they all believed that everyone had to play along, or they would tell their guidance counselor, a building administrator or central administrator. Unfortunately, to get where I am today, I also had to play the game. Now I don’t have to play along. I can call it what it is.
So this is where we are. The death of the true apology. Anyone can utter some words or put out a statement, but what do those words mean? They truly mean nothing.
And this is how I will continue to operate. So please, spare me the histrionics of saying that I have to apologize, or that I am something evil if I don’t agree with you. I have been told that I should apologize for some of my posts. My reply to that is twofold: Screw off, and if you are truly waiting for an apology, you will be waiting a very, very long time.