Commentary: No apology needed

Modern society and social media have facilitated more than a few changes in personal discourse

Harriet Cuthbert

What is an apology? It used to be an expression of sorrow or regret from one person showing compassion for having hurt another person, either physically or emotionally.

The damage usually happens very quickly, more likely than not inflicted by some recess of the subconscious of the person at fault. But when the person at fault apologizes by saying he is sorry, he is conveying real and thoughtful feelings for the wrong he did.

Nowadays, celebrities (movie stars, athletes, politicians) blurt out brutally hurtful opinions without ever thinking of what they are saying and/or whom they are offending. These “opinions,” I am sure, have been festering inside them for a long time.

And then, when many people cry out against these thoughts — which have been related through what seems to be the omnipresent social media — the originator of them suddenly feels obligated to “apologize.” Really? It seems as if this was all pre-planned so he could lengthen the amount of time he spent in the news as the main topic of conversation. After all, negative publicity is better than no publicity at all.

I am sorry, but I just had to express myself, and I hope I have not offended too many people.