I have wondered that more than once.
If I tell somebody something - especially if it is a stranger during a casual conversation, like a shop attendant or somebody - and I later realize that I said something wrong, that is of hardly any consequences to them (e.g. something about me personally, and they don’t know me), do I have any moral obligation to go back there and correct what I said?
Another example came up yesterday, this time with a guy I know (not very well though). He is homeless right now and we had a conversation in the park. We came to talk about living on a small budget; I had told him that I was going to pick up free bread that the bakery threw out. He seemed a bit sad for me that i lived a lot on just bread (and peanut butter, or whatever). I told him I ate fruit too. He said was good. I also told him I ate soup sometimes and had a friend who made great salads… He seemed a bit worried about me, because even though he was homeless he seemed to live “better” food-wise.
On the way home I realized that I had forgotten to tell him about the little container of yogurt and the rice cakes I had bought that day. I had forgotten I had them in my backpack. I almost went back out into the night to let him know but then I didn’t (it would have seemed weird??).
But somehow I felt like I had left a wrong impression.
Any thoughts on things like this?