Excuses!! From Watergate to last week I hear excuses all the time. From "Smoked but didn't inhale" to Mr. Samson's self-serving appearance before Congress to ..... Excuse, after excuse, after excuse, after ... I am tired of hearing them. Bad behavior from High Officials to our peer group angers me.
Don't get me wrong. I am just as guilty of excusing my own bad behavior. But I work hard these days on being accountable. Accountable for my actions as well as for my inactions. However as a society, I think we excuse too much bad behavior. We use the alphabet of woes to justify why we behave so badly. Pardon me while I root around to dig up those wonderful lines in the siddur for Kol Nidre.