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359. A Worthwhile Apology

By Yoon, Ji-young, Reporter 기자2015.08.25 09:41:48

Apologizing is likely to hurt your pride or to cause damage, but is inevitable in regaining the trust in a broken relationship between imperfect human beings with mistakes. Such case can be found in even a simple relationship between two friends or couples. The problem here is that offenders often hesitate to change when apologizing. They will often say another sentence starting with ‘but’ after saying ‘sorry’, eventually leading to a bad end. It becomes a bigger problem when a high status of the society makes excuses rather than a sincere apology.  

 

A leader of a group takes responsibility of every member including apologizing on behalf of them. The president and the government of Korea were criticized not only for taking belated response MERSC(Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona-virus), but also for offering an ‘inappropriate’ apology. Aron Lazare, the author of “On Apology”, introduced a way in making confession to work. The victims should be able to see a confession consist of acknowledgement of the happening and detailed excuse with sincere remorse; most importantly, the “damage should be repaired.” In the case above, the citizens should hear that the president realized the incapability in providing accurate information and a tight control system regarding the disease. Afterwards, the government should have released a more practical manual instead of making the head of Samsung hospital to apologize instead.

 

           Historically recognized apology can be found in Germany. Germany has tried hard to reserve Nazi death camps rather than hiding it and have invited children and adults to educate. They conceded the wrong in an objective view and put effort not to repeat the history. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has once again expressed her remorse at ‘Auchwitz 70th Anniversary’ held during May, 2015. In addition, the government of Germany has been continuously recompensed the victim including expended economic compensation in 2013. Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said, “Germany would support for living of who survived holocaust around the world." Germany believes that even if they cannot change the past, they would change the future with consistent reflection.

 

Fault and mistakes will happen again anytime in life, and apology will be essential. Bryan Davis once said, “Sacrifice is at the heart of repentance. Without deeds, your apology is worthless.” A worthwhile apology includes both a deep understanding and a functional amendment. The newly issued The KNU Times no.359 covers articles, such as diplomatic problems between Japan and Korea, plagiarism of author Shin, Kyung-sook, and corruption in FIFA. All three issues will eventually need apologies, and it should not be a formal apology with no acceptance of their wrong and no willingness to change.

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