What is the excuse for excuses? What is the difference between making and excuse and having a reason? One of the things about getting older is that there seems to be less necessity for excuses -- which is nice -- but there seems to be a growing concomitant irritation with other people's excuses.
Excuses are those explanations that seek to evade responsibility. Eg. I hate his/her guts because s/he is so malicious or idiotic. Or, I love him/her because s/he is so wise.
Reasons are those things for which anyone might take responsibility. Eg. I hate his/her guts... period. Of I love him/her ... period.
This is probably too broad a brush, but I was thinking about it and will chalk it up here to 'just noodling.'
The worst part is believing your own excuses, I imagine.