Personal Responsibility

If, After I Do Something Wrong… But…

If I’m caught after doing something wrong, I should accept responsibility.

But, if I’m caught after doing something wrong, I should accept responsibility only if my wrong can be proven.

But, if I’m caught after doing something wrong, I should accept responsibility only if I will probably not be able to get away with my wrong action.

But, if I’m caught after doing something wrong, I should accept responsibility only after the consequences are spelled out and made acceptable to me.

But, if I’m caught after doing something wrong, I should ignore the accusations as long as possible.

But, if I’m caught after doing something wrong, I should lie and deny having done it as long as possible.

If, after I do something wrong, I say “I accept full responsibility”, that means, “OK, now let’s forget about it”.

Or, does it mean, “Ouch, that responsibility really hurts” or “I promise I will never do anything like that again”, or “OK, but I really didn’t do all that I’m accused of”, or “I’m also ready to accept my punishment if I approve of it.”, or that I’m also ready to accept my punishment as prescribed by appropriate authority”?

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