once more, with feeling

If you panic and make a stupid mistake, it’s acceptable to say “I’m sorry, I made a mistake because I was in a panic.” We’re human, it happens. It is not acceptable to say “I was in a panic, therefore my actions were not actually mistaken.” You made a mistake: being frightened may have been the reason you made a mistake, but it does not somehow magically make the mistake into something else. Suck it up, own it, apologize (or don’t) and move the hell on.

I’d claim to be surprised that this even needs to be mentioned, but we’ve been here before, haven’t we?

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