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Choices, Responsibility And Blame

January 20, 2021

I have been hearing a lot in the news lately about people who bemoan their past and feel that they need to blame someone or something for their troubles. In a word: ….PLEASE!

We all have a past and we all made choices there. Some were good and some were bad. I have yet to meet the person who has never made a bad choice in life. I certainly have made my share. Most of us take responsibility for our choices. If they were good, we pat ourselves on the back a bit. If they were bad, we chalk it up to life and blame no one but ourselves. We move on. Yet today, we hear too many people whining about their past. With a total lack of responsibility acceptance, they merrily blame people or circumstances that were around them at the time of their decisions.

In this season of the professional politician, I hear a lot of blame gaming. It is always the other guy’s fault even if it was your choice that brought the problem to your door. Responsibility is not in the politician’s lexicon. But of course politicians aren’t even human so I’ll look for a better example.

Just this week, I watched a sobbing little yuppie on television as she blamed the university system for the stress she encountered in college. It seems that the poor little wretch is now suffering from PTSD and would like a little remuneration from her state’s university system. Say what? Nobody forced this child to go to college; she made an active choice in her life and should take responsibility for it. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for her. Blaming the university system for PTSD? That is just patently ridiculous. Maybe she should turn on the TV and check out one of those universities that will mail you a degree for doing little to no work at all. I’m sure it’s less stressful.

But wait just a minute! Maybe she is on to something after all. I just had an epiphany. I figure I may well have PTSD as well because I was cracking Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in college while my contemporaries were puffing on fatties down on Sunset Strip. Geoffrey Chaucer deprived me of my fair share of marijuana back in the day. Maybe I should sue the old boy. No, he’s dead and couldn’t pay up. Maybe I’ll go after the state of California? There has to be someone who is responsible for my decisions besides me.

Choices remain, responsibility is a thing of the past and blame won’t buy you a seat at life’s table. Those are the facts Jack! What do you think?

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  1. Well spoken. I think people just opt for a scapegoat nowadays for people’s decision and no one wants to accept responsibility for any of it.

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  2. Great post , Allen and I’m laughing how you shifted it from the expected politicians to a poor poor privileged princess. She must have expected an attendance medal for showing up

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  3. Anything that has ever gone wrong in my life, I can trace right back to me…

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  4. Face it, straight up.

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