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2013.01.11: "Apology has become policy."

Friday, January 11, 2013

Scully utters that quote -- also replacing the usual "The Truth Is Out There" in the opening sequence -- at the end of the episode ("731") as an indictment. It replaces a policy position from an earlier season: "Deny everything." And superficially it resembles another trite saying: "Its easier to ask for forgiveness than permission."

Possession is nine tenths of the law.

But that's television, not life. Life is Friday, life is rain outside, life is a low-key afternoon that will be punctuated by a trip to the store to do a little pre-weekend grocery shopping.

In a few minutes I need to wake Ms. S., my sleeping beauty, and make her a waffle. A good deal of cinnamon and about 1/3 of an apple will go into it. 1/2 tsp baking powder and perhaps 1/4 tsp baking soda, complemented just before cooking by a tablespoon or two of cider vinegar.

Tonight we have the latest episode of 'Elementary' along with 'The X-Files' ("Revelation," a rather forgettable entry) and 'Dollhouse' (probably the unaired pilot) scheduled; last night we only watched 'Top Chef,' which was fine. We had an otherwise busy afternoon and evening.

"Apology has become policy." It's what we don't let happen. We'll watch 'Elementary' and observe J. L. Miller as Sherlock, a recovering addict: we don't let him "fall off the wagon." We say live day to day, and if you make a mistake, start afresh. Pick yourself up. Do not quit. And this is correct.

But it is not all.

Do not let "apology become policy," do not make a habit of making the same mistakes, forgiving yourself, and beginning anew, only to make the same mistakes again. It's a tad offensive -- more than a tad!? -- to those with a mental illness, but there's still something to the trite definition "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results." (see also: wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_f
irst_said_that_the_definit
ion_of_insanity_is_to_do_t
he_same_thing_over_and_ove
r_and_expect_different_results
) But that's mere irrationalism, mere not taking charge; apology becoming policy is more pernicious, as it is planning for failure and planning to get out of it. It's a get out of jail free card, it's being able to go to Confession and have ones sins absolved.
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