We want to do the right thing. The trouble is, we want to do the right thing based on what we believe at that given time. With the advantage of hindsight, of course, many times we would ask for a second chance. Sometimes, these are not available. This is Monday Morning Quarterbacking. We cannot shoulda-coulda-woulda, because it doesn’t work that way. Do what you can to fix things, but you simply didn’t have the new facts at the time you made the decision. Take buying a car– once you have shopped around and have made your choice, it is difficult to change.
This is why proper training is so very important. People do as they were trained to do. Perhaps the worst example is the orchestra on the deck of the Titanic— they kept on playing, just as they were trained, even as the ship was going down. Perhaps the best example is the U.S. Military. Proper training is extremely important to them. How do we know this? What does the Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient typically say, when receiving such an honor?– “I was just doing my job.”