Why do people apologize to me when they mention their polluting?

October 28, 2023 by Joshua
in Nonjudgment

It happens all the time. Someone is talking to me and happens to mention they flew somewhere, used disposable plastic, or the like.

Then they apologize to me. For example, they might be talking about upcoming plans and say something like, “. . . and then I’ll go to Europe . . .”, pause, look at me, and say, ” . . . sorry, Josh, I’ll be flying there.”

I can understand why they would consider an apology appropriate if they feel they know they’re hurting someone, but they aren’t hurting me. Why apologize to me?

If they don’t feel they’re doing something wrong, why apologize at all?

If they do feel they’re doing something wrong, why do it?

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