Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Famous (and Infamous) Rationalizations


  • It's our policy.
  • We were just following orders.
  • I didn't know.
  • It may be wrong but it's legal.
  • We knew, but no complaint had been filed.
  • When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
  • We were fighting fire with fire.
  • Everybody does it.
  • No one told me.
  • We did it, but they were worse.
  • The end justified the means.
  • We had no choice.
  • We didn't lie. We just didn't tell the whole story.
  • We used a different definition.
  • I had other loyalties.
  • They would have done it to me.
  • We had to meet a deadline.
  • It was either that or lose my job.
  • No one told us to stop.
  • It's for a good cause.

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