I've long lamented that we seem to have become a society of human beings who have no idea how to handle mistakes.
From politicians to teenagers to celebrities to world leaders, the prevalence of PR pretty much has made the true apology a dinosaur. That's actually grist for another mill, though.
The problem begins before the apology is even necessary.
Parents do their damndest to make sure their kids never make any mistakes, and it is costing us. How are they supposed to learn from their mistakes when no one will let them make any?
This blogger says it better than I can.
"The Death of the Mistake" by Rich Dlin