We're all absent-minded and neglectful at times. Perhaps some of us more than others, but I don't think anyone is perfectly free of passive sins--for example, making a left turn and not attending to the active crosswalk to the left and nearly hittting a pedestrian (I was one of these pedestrians last week). But what I've always wondered is, if a moment of absent-mindedness occurred in the right configuration of circumstances to result in a tragedy--say the pedestrian was actually hit in these circumstances--how would the guilty individual ever live it down? How would you ever get past that, how could you ever see yourself again as something other than a piece of dirt? And yet, paradoxically, your actual behavior was no different than millions of other occasions when you experienced a mental slip (or, to add a component of responsibility here, you allowed yourself to experience a mental slip).