Popped round to a friend’s house, and mid-conversation found myself trying to do Arnold Schwarzenegger’s accent – “if it bleeds, we can kill it” from Predator. Sadly, I came out Mexican.
It was in the context of individuals (bullies, specifically) or institutions (say, local authorities, to pick an example entirely at random) who will not admit mistakes, who will make excuses if forced to admit, and who will never ever learn a damn thing. They seem to believe admission of error is an admission of weakness, an invitation to people to kill them.
This is, of course, extremely wrong. And if they could just admit they screw up, and even volunteer it occasionally two things would happen, pretty much instantaneously
a) people would stop being uncomfortable, suspicious and on edge around them and be even more helpful than they already are
b) they’d free up a whole lot of their own psychic energy to get on with the tasks at hand.
And here is an extraordinary video…