A National Apology Has the Power to Change the Future | Aeon Essays

A “must-read” article about national apology as a reflection of national values, by Edwin Battistella, author of Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology (2014)…


“…It turns out that apology at the national level is not so different from the process that individuals go through in apologising for a serious harm. The first step is the recognition that there is something to apologise for, and that it is serious. This recognition – shared, ideally, by the offender and the harmed – informs the making of the apology itself. In its most sincere form, making an apology involves a naming of the offence, a condemnation of previous behaviour, and a request for forgiveness… Those receiving the apology are also changed by receiving a sincere gesture of respect. Honour is restored…” ~ Edwin Battistella

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