When reading Daniel's reading journal this evening, he and I began a discussion about cognitive dissonance, the phenomenon in which folks explain away their mistakes so they don't have to claim personal responsibility for errors. Daniel just finished reading The Red Badge of Courage, and he and I have been chatting about the classic novel's relevance today.
A couple of years ago, NPR highlighted Eliot Aronson's book, Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me). Check out this article for an excerpt of the program. Why bother owning our mistakes? Comment if you like--why do you think we should own, even embrace, our mistakes?