However, I have a feeling that many people who espouse the regret-free philosophy don't mean it those ways, or at least, don't only mean it those ways. Most times I have encountered this quote, it has been coupled with photos of crazy drunken hijinks or quotes about the pleasures of debauchery. And when taken in that context, its meaning is not of forgiving oneself or keeping one's actions in check, but of shamelessly indulging in immoral behavior and refusing to feel remorse over it.
For when we look up regret its first definition is just that: sorrow or remorse. And if the "live without regret" philosophy is, at its core, a decision to never feel sorrow or remorse or guilt over doing a bad thing, then it's not the mantra for me. I do live with regrets, many of them. The sins I have repented, I have forgiven; the unwitting mistakes, I have moved past -- but it would be ridiculous to say that I feel no sorrow or remorse for anything I have done in my life. What sort of way would that be to live?
|Now, to live without egrets...that would just be a shame.|
What do you think? Do you like this quote? Am I being (regrettably) overly-critical about the whole affair?