I hate it when somebody does something with terrible consequences they didn’t forsee, and then later says “I’ve thought long and hard about it, and knowing what I knew at the time, I’d make the same decision again.” YES, WE KNOW, BECAUSE THAT IS THE DECISION YOU MADE IN THAT SITUATION.
Maybe instead we can think long and hard about changing the inputs you get so you are not in that situation again, the one where you make a catastrophic decision. After all, we now know, here in the present, that although it seemed best, it was not good. Not good at all!
I can’t tell what bugs me more about it – the tautology, or the proud defense that amounts to “I swear I have learned nothing.”