Skip to comments.Is "no regrets" some kind of new philosophical meme of the progressives?
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?
It means scorched earth.
Leftists have no shame or conscience, why would they regret?
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.
Another one is “doubling down”.
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.
Thou shall create an illusion of invulnerability shared by most members to foster excessive optimism and encourage extreme risks taking
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
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
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
Thou shall self-censor any deviation from the apparent group consensus, inclining each member to minimize the importance of their doubts and counterarguments
Thou shall create and maintain a shared illusion of unanimity concerning judgment conforming to the majority view
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
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)
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.
“The end justifies the means.”
They also like to say that you’ll only regret the things that you didn’t do.
Arrogance doesn’t believe in repentance.
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.
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.
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
“Je ne regret rien” - great song, poor philosophy - bespeaks shallowness and disregard for others.....
They are making incompetence the new wisdom.
“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. . . .”
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.