In Western liberal circles, we tend to disparage people’s attempts to apologize for something they did, small or large.

What happened to respecting that it takes courage and ownership of one’s actions to look someone else in the eye and apologize to them?

I know that acting like any wrong done to you — knowingly or unknowingly — is like water off your back, and being an easy-going person is a virtue, especially in a world that glorifies cutthroat competition in an increasing number of fields.

However, relationships are strengthened, not weakened, by replying to a sincere apology with a ‘Thanks, I appreciate that’ rather than with a ‘Oh, it is no big deal.’  The mere fact that someone chose to verbalize their apology shows that it is a big deal.


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