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Dear Friends of the Socratic Method,

If you enter a thread and realize that if you try very hard you can wrench the topic around to something you would prefer to talk about, please refrain from this temptation.

The thread starter had a certain subject in mind when she began the thread, and the people who enter it want to discuss that topic -- not Obama Care, the lack of morality in the USA, the surly prudishness of most women, the evils of socialism, the thought police in liberal politics or whatever other topic may be on your mind.

When a member attempts to hijack the thread and make it more about her personal pet topics, it disrupts the robust debate we've come to enjoy, and it also makes other members come to see that hijacker as a sort of one-trick pony who can't intelligently discuss anything but her own pet peeves.

Please respect the subject of the thread and do not inject your own personal favorite topics into it unless they are clearly relevant to the debate. Thank you.
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I confess to using this thread as a handy place for a one-time remark, since the "AVOIDANCE of Hijacking" thread has dropped out of sight.

I am at the point of wishing that everyone who self-servingly misuses the word "MISTAKE" to cover up evil intent would be publicly flogged and pilloried.

Local news here in Colorado recently reported how some people stole over TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND dollars from their own grandparents, using the money for luxuries. Upon being caught, the thieves tried to gain public sympathy by saying, "We know we made a mistake, it was a mistake, what an unfortunate mistake, we admit our mistake, we're sorry for the mistake, oh yes, mistake mistake mistake mistake mistake!" Am I the ONLY person for whom this rings false???? How does anyone steal hundreds of thousands of dollars ACCIDENTALLY???? "Mistake," my foot!! Those contemptible snakes DID IT ON PURPOSE!!
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ROFL! It becomes a "mistake" when someone finds out about it -- they meant to do it, but in hindsight they see it was a huge mistake. Years ago when I lived in Arizona, the governor had been caught in some big scandal, and that was his mantra: "Mistakes were made ..." Clearly they were! Mistaken judgment for one thing!

A mistake is when you add 2 + 2 and get 5. Spending your Grandma's money on a Jaguar is just stealing ...
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Such a misuse of the English language to try to manipulate people so that they can get away with their sins unpunished, and get a chance to commit them again. People who are sincerely repentant accept responsibility for their actions and genuinely seek to atone for them, whereas people who see themselves as victims for being caught breaking the law or hurting others, bleat about mistakes.

What a load of nonsense. There is a difference between an accident, a mistake, and a crime or a sin.

An accident is something that we don't intend to do at all. For instance, before an interview, I could accidentally spill coffee on my skirt. That would be an accident since I had zero intention of doing that.

A mistake is when we intend to do something because we believe it is right. So, I could arrive for an interview that I think is at two o'clock in the afternoon at around that time only to discover that it was supposed to take place at one o'clock That would be a mistake, because I intended to show up at two o'clock, but I did so because I genuinely thought it was right, and I had the intention of being on time, even though I was an hour late.

However, if I show up to my interview with a lot of forged letters of recommendation and I get caught doing that, that is not an accident or a mistake. That is a sin and a crime, because I would be delibrately engaging in deceitful behavior, which I know is wrong and that I don't actually believe is right.

All this mislabeling of crimes and sins as mistakes just makes us less sympathetic to people who make honest mistakes or who are sincerely repentant. That's why it must stop.
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I am at the point of wishing that everyone who self-servingly misuses the word "MISTAKE" to cover up evil intent would be publicly flogged and pilloried.

Local news here in Colorado recently reported how some people stole over TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND dollars from their own grandparents, using the money for luxuries. Upon being caught, the thieves tried to gain public sympathy by saying, "We know we made a mistake, it was a mistake, what an unfortunate mistake, we admit our mistake, we're sorry for the mistake, oh yes, mistake mistake mistake mistake mistake!" Am I the ONLY person for whom this rings false???? How does anyone steal hundreds of thousands of dollars ACCIDENTALLY???? "Mistake," my foot!! Those contemptible snakes DID IT ON PURPOSE!!
I SO agree with you, Copperfox, as well as you, Inkspot and you, Sunshine Rose, and I am very glad we appear to share similar views on the matter, as I was worried I was beginning to sound like a right old reactionary! The excuse "He (she) made a mistake" is in my opinion used far to often these days, not only to 'justify' the most foul crimes, but also to argue that there should be little or no punishment for such vile acts.
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