Starting from a very young age, we develop an identity that is made up of our beliefs and how we view ourselves. Where we fail to own or admit to our mistakes, people have already seen through our behaviour. We shirk responsibility for the very things we’re supposed to be responsible for.
Perhaps it’s got something to do with their being less accountability in society and the fact that individually we’ve become less accountable. Being less accountable means we’re less likely to own up to our mistakes, or how we really are. We never seem to be able to admit that we made a mistake and that perhaps we could have handled things better.
A lot of how we are, stems from childhood. Everything we learn in childhood we take into our adult lives. When children fail to say sorry it’s often because their bad behaviour is being ignored, or they’re not being brought to task by their parents.
As each generation passes, the disciplines that help us own up to how we are get watered down. The more at peace we are, the more likely we are to own up to our responsibilities and admit that we make mistakes.
Life would certainly be sweeter and easier if we did. There would be less room for the mandatory disagreements, fall outs and those inevitable pregnant pauses over the mistakes we make that we don’t own up to.