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Is "no regrets" some kind of new philosophical meme of the progressives?
5/29/14 | Mamzelle

Posted on 05/29/2014 7:34:14 PM PDT by Mamzelle

I regard the use of "no regrets" as being actively flippant and narcissistic. Fallible humans, serious people with consciences--should have regrets!

There have been many commencement speeches with this fatuous line.

What do the armchair philosophers here on FR think of it, where it came from and how can anyone be so arrogant as to expect to make no mistake, never be foolish, or always excuse and dismiss the hard lessons that come with regret?


TOPICS: History; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: noregrets

1 posted on 05/29/2014 7:34:14 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

It means scorched earth.


2 posted on 05/29/2014 7:36:45 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: Mamzelle

Leftists have no shame or conscience, why would they regret?


3 posted on 05/29/2014 7:37:14 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
It means scorched earth.

Yep. It's a Hillary term, and a feminist meme. It means for women to turn on everything they know is good, destroy it all and everyone they can reach, and never look back.

Oh, and to keep popping those anti-depressants and drinking booze, like their fearless leader.

4 posted on 05/29/2014 7:39:06 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Mamzelle

Another one is “doubling down”.


5 posted on 05/29/2014 7:39:13 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: Mamzelle
No regrets means no morals.

-PJ

6 posted on 05/29/2014 7:41:16 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Mamzelle

Just one quick comment - it has always been a curiosity to me that people who ostensibly think little of religion and conventional morality seem so to crave moral absolution for the things that they do. One wonders why they bother except perhaps for a persistent feeling that they should care. Where “no regrets” refers to actions outside the individual’s control it’s perfectly healthy, I suppose, but where it refers to things that individual has actually done, it’s really “No conscience!” That’s a rather different thing. Just my $0.02.


7 posted on 05/29/2014 7:45:10 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Mamzelle
The Left's Eight Commandments

I
Thou shall create an illusion of invulnerability shared by most members to foster excessive optimism and encourage extreme risks taking

II
Thou shall not allow any member to question the group's inherent morality; instead members shall be encouraged to ignore the ethical or moral consequences of their decisions

III
Thou shall promote collective efforts to rationalize in order to discount warnings, or other information that might lead members to reconsider their assumptions before they recommit themselves to their assumptions

IV
Thou shall reinforce stereotyped views of enemy leaders as too evil to warrant genuine attempts to negotiate, or as too weak and stupid to counter whatever risky attempts are made to defeat their purpose

V
Thou shall self-censor any deviation from the apparent group consensus, inclining each member to minimize the importance of their doubts and counterarguments

VI
Thou shall create and maintain a shared illusion of unanimity concerning judgment conforming to the majority view

VII
Thou shall apply direct pressure on any member who expresses strong arguments against any of the group's stereotypes, illusions, or commitments, making clear that this type of dissent is contrary to what is expected of all loyal members

VIII
Thou shall appoint mind guards to protect the group from adverse information that might shatter their shared complacency about the effectiveness and morality of their decisions

(adapted from Janis '82)

8 posted on 05/29/2014 7:51:32 PM PDT by Eddie01 (Liberals lie about everything all the time.)
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To: Mamzelle

Taking OsamaObamaCare as one example....it’s understandable why they’d have no regrets.They’re all exempt...so it *us* who’ll have the regrets.


9 posted on 05/29/2014 7:52:03 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Mamzelle

“The end justifies the means.”


10 posted on 05/29/2014 7:54:30 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Mamzelle

They also like to say that you’ll only regret the things that you didn’t do.


11 posted on 05/29/2014 8:02:56 PM PDT by all the best (sat`~!)
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To: Mamzelle

Arrogance doesn’t believe in repentance.


12 posted on 05/29/2014 8:04:18 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Mamzelle
My memory is hazy, but I thought 'No regrets' was the theme song (Edith Piaf - the 'Parisian Nightingale') of the French Foreign Legion in the Algerian War. The French Government sold them out, and DeGaulle stabbed them in the back. Against the French Government's directives they fought against the Muslim insurgents ... they lost, but their theme was that they had 'no regrets'...
The French Foreign Legion - the impressive fighters of the France .... because they were ... er ... foreign.
(just joking - France seems to be demonstrating a spine in recent years. Its just that French-bashing is a national past time. Fun for the whole family).
13 posted on 05/29/2014 8:04:58 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Mamzelle

For progressives, it is not about results or consequences; it is about intentions.

That way, they have no responsibility should their plans of action end in failure.


14 posted on 05/29/2014 8:09:47 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Mamzelle

To me “no regrets” means: Do whatever you want because it’s all about YOU, never mind if it’s right or wrong, or anyone gets hurt.

It’s immature, selfish, and not based on reality. A “real” life is full of regrets (some big, some small), for those of us who are capable of realizing our mistakes.


15 posted on 05/29/2014 8:18:13 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: Eddie01

You forgot 2 commandments

IX: Thou shalt obey the moral law of Good Intentions. It doth not matter if the outcome of thine actions is beneficial, merciful or good for it is the thought that count.

X: Thou shalt claim thyself to be beyond judgement because the Bible sayest “Thou shalt not judge” even though thou believes nothing else written in the Bible


16 posted on 05/29/2014 8:42:11 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Mamzelle

“Je ne regret rien” - great song, poor philosophy - bespeaks shallowness and disregard for others.....


17 posted on 05/29/2014 8:52:27 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Mamzelle

They are making incompetence the new wisdom.


18 posted on 05/29/2014 9:21:31 PM PDT by bigmak007 (They who can't control their own passions, want to passionately control others.)
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To: Mamzelle

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die . . . in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods. . . .”


19 posted on 05/29/2014 9:30:46 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: KJC1

I have plenty of regrets, God knows I do. However, Jesus died for my sins and I’m forgiven, so I don’t need to dwell on them.


20 posted on 05/29/2014 9:33:49 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Mamzelle

It’s like ‘No problem’ for thank you, or ‘Whatever ...’ when you’ve destroyed one in argument, (just before they call you a racist).


21 posted on 05/29/2014 9:38:48 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Mamzelle

It’s right up there with Frank Sinatra and Elvis-— “I Did It My Way”.

The lyrics say: “Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way”

How’s that for hutzpah, mumbo jumbo narcissism all in one-— just like a “mob guy” the chicago way and hillary too LOL.


22 posted on 05/29/2014 9:39:18 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Mamzelle
Or Hillary's dismissive: “What difference does it Make?”

Which is.. a lot of difference to people of conscience.

23 posted on 05/29/2014 9:40:57 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Mamzelle

It translates to “no accountability”


24 posted on 05/29/2014 10:01:38 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: El Cid

an earlier song by the same title, recorded by Billie Holiday in 1936

No regrets
Although our love affair has gone astray
No regrets
I know I’ll always care though you’re away
So now our happy romance ended suddenly
Still in my heart you’ll be forever mine
No regrets
Because somebody new looks good to you
No regrets
Sweetheart no matter what you say or do
I know our love will linger
When the other love forgets
So I say goodbye with no regrets

No regrets
Because somebody new looks good to you
No regrets
Sweetheart no matter what you say or do
I know our love will linger
When the other love forgets
So I say goodbye with no regret


25 posted on 05/29/2014 10:21:11 PM PDT by Praxeologue
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26 posted on 05/29/2014 10:31:50 PM PDT by moehoward
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To: Mamzelle

Narcissism and lack of a moral compass in one’s life will result in a “no regrets” attitude.


27 posted on 05/30/2014 4:00:33 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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