Regrets, I’ve Had A FewPosted: August 23, 2011
I think the slogan “No Regrets”, which has gained in popularity in recent years is a dumb one.
Who doesn’t have regrets? People who are not aware or mature enough to know that they should regret things they have done. I am also not a fan of rationalizing regrets by saying “I learned from my mistakes, therefore they are not mistakes…no regrets.” What kind of logic is this? Who doesn’t have regrets? I sure do.
I bet the guy who got this tattoo knows what regret is…
1. to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.): He no sooner spoke than he regretted it.
2. to think of with a sense of loss: to regret one’s vanished youth.
I’m not arguing semantics here. Just simply trying to point out that living a life “without regret” is pretty much impossible. And if you make mistakes or do something you didn’t want to do, I think it’s ok to be remorseful. Remorse, the very close cousin of regret.
Speaking of regrets, do you think it’s regretful to lose a $75,000 earring in the ocean? Or is it worse to even own an earring that costs that much?
Should we as Americans regret that while Libya’s government is being overthrown, there’s a famine in the horn of Africa and our own economy is in danger of a “double dip” recession a news story about a very regrettable famous-for-nothing waste of ether is one of the most read stories at HuffingtonPost.com?