February 16th 2017

Today, we’re thinking about apologies.

Why do people say they’re sorry? What does it do to the person who receives the apology? What does it do to the person who has made the apology?

On Monday, you were shown the apology given by Kevin Rudd in 2008. Today, contemplate the following quote from his apology and think about the questions outlined above.

“… simply saying that you’re sorry is such a powerful symbol. Powerful not because it represents some expiation of guilt. Powerful not because it represents any form of legal requirement. But powerful simply because it restores respect.” Rudd, 2008