Martina Devlin: No halo for banker Sheehy as he treks the lonely path to redemption
Published 08/11/2012 | 17:00
A FUNDAMENTAL difference exists between remorse and regret, and we can thank Eugene Sheehy for demonstrating it -- and for doing so in a practical way, perhaps with an eye to influencing others to follow his example.
Regret carries no admission of responsibility. It can be self-serving: a platitude which allows the person expressing it to feel they have behaved correctly after an unfortunate happening.
Remorse, however, is an act of contrition implying some personal acceptance of failure. It suggests someone's conscience has been pricked, generating a desire to make amends.