Why is sorry the hardest word ?

hsbcHere’s a video of the boss of HSBC – Stephen Green – saying that the “real world ” (by which i assume he means the rest of us ) are owed an apology by the banking industry . 

About time ?  Or is it too late ?

Would a note of contrition help you get over the mess we’re all in ?

12 Responses to “Why is sorry the hardest word ?”

  1. 1 osuagwu
    October 7, 2009 at 11:08

    Sorry iis the hardiest word for the PROUD , SELF CONCIETED IMMORAL and CRIMINAL MINDED people . A humble moral innocent person always knows when had made a mistake or hurt someone .He takes responsibility and has no problem saying “I am sorry”.

  2. 2 Inthepark
    October 7, 2009 at 12:53

    Stephen Green thinks bankers should say sorry, me, I so think too, right after they pay back all the public money that has been lavished on them. He said the vast majority of bankers want to operate in a professional way, well if I was as good at my profession as bankers have been shown to be at theirs I would be unemployed (or in jail).

  3. 3 patti in cape coral
    October 7, 2009 at 12:53

    It doesn’t matter, I don’t think I would believe in the sincerity of their sorry anyway.

  4. 4 Jennifer
    October 7, 2009 at 13:11

    In terms of financial crisis; what is an apology going to do? Make those who are in bad times feel better? Expecting someone to say sorry is a little trivial when it will do nothing to counter the consequences……

  5. 5 scmehta
    October 7, 2009 at 14:33

    The word ‘sorry’ is the hardest to digest when you know that the harm/hurt caused to you was intentional; it makes you rather more angry.

  6. 6 steve
    October 7, 2009 at 15:53

    I don’t really see how the bankers owe an apology. People were irresponsible and living beyond their means, and the banks only enabled them to do that. And when most people apologize, they really don’t apologize, they word it so they apologize for the way you feel, but not for what you did. Example, “I’m so sorry you feel that way”

  7. 7 Roberto
    October 7, 2009 at 15:55

    RE “” are owed an apology by the banking industry ’ “”

    —————– He and They owe more than a cheap apology that won’t buy anyone a cup of java down at the diner.

    HE & THEY owe the world the estimated $26 TRILLION they defrauded the world out of. Unfortunately the value of that figure has been locked away and then buried in the downgrading of every asset in this world to be stored until the next fraud can be cooked up.

    So in lieu of that, HE & THEY should be stripped of every asset they own and shipped off to an isolated penitentiary to be put on permanent lockdown with zero privileges save the basics. I don’t even want these yahoos doing charity work.

  8. 8 nora
    October 7, 2009 at 16:06

    “Sorry” means culpability and I am sure their lawyers have advised them against this.

  9. 9 Tom K in Mpls
    October 7, 2009 at 19:42

    What bothers me about this is that he lumps the majority of banks, those that were responsible and didn’t need help, with his company. I wish people would quit indulging in the indignation.

    Yes we need to take action against irresponsible people in all aspects of our society. But please don’t stereotype. Place blame exactly where it belongs and never let them forget.

  10. 10 Couldn't care less
    October 8, 2009 at 00:45

    Who are we kidding? We went mute for decades accepting that the banks could dowhatever they like, charge what they like and paythemselves what they like pausing only once in a while to grumble when they raise their fees. If they made money all well and good, if a ‘minor’ fraud or miscalculation caused the bank to lose a mere hundred million or so, we barely noticed as long it wasn’t our high-interest accounts being affected and the pain was spread wide enough so no-one noticed.
    We went on buying their stock knowing full well that when it came time to vote on executive remuneration, that the executive’s counterparts representing the institutional investors would use the huge tranches of stock they held in the bank in the name of their little anonymous investors to approve these obscene amounts – knowing that when it came time for their general shareholders’ meetings that the bank’s representatives would repay the favour. So now paper-shufflers get paid about 50 times the salary of doctors who bust a gut to save lives every day,
    We accepted it, we stayed quiet – it’s our fault.

  11. 11 Tom D Ford
    October 8, 2009 at 01:00

    I am reminded of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”.

    What the bankers have done and are still doing was and is intentional but they never considered the effects on their victims. I would like to see them work to change the system to be more fair, honest, and less hurtful to their victims. And I’d like to see them learn to be less greedy, to learn to live on less, like most people in the world.

    More than saying “sorry”, I’d like to see them demonstrate it by their actions. I’d like to see the “Scrooges” enlightened, whether by Christmas ghosts, or legal means.

    So. Stephen Green and your fellow Bankers, have that “largest goose” delivered to the families of the “tiny Tims” of the world!

    And then, Merry Christmas, Stephen Green! Merry Christmas, Bankers!

  12. 12 Jim Newman
    October 8, 2009 at 12:04

    Hello Mark
    Sorry may be hard to say but it’s a lot cheaper than having to compensate for all the damage done.
    By the way Mark I think you owe me a few sorries for the last comments that you censored. I almost had the feeling that WHYS is fully in agreement with nazism and that you thought that the holocaust was a good thing. I hope I’m wrong.

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