Sociologists are always looking for patterns in society to explain phenomenon that is otherwise difficult to find or explain. The most difficult of the past decade or so is the growing phenomenon in American society of looking to blame someone for……well, just about everything.
Now this is a phenomenon that used to be alien to the American DNA, known as Yankee Ingenuity, an inherent cultural phenomenon to always find a way forward; why look backwards at the problem if you have that? Obviously that would be a waste of time and effort, so move on and win the day!
This growing tendency to seek blame first and solutions afterwards is not just counterproductive but just plain stupid. If you find a solution you also find what should have been done to begin with to avoid the problem at hand. When that happens, who needs to waste time and effort on blame?
This is no longer the case as our DNA has been altered. Herein then lies the problem of where we find ourselves as a culture. Everything becomes a crusade to find blame with everything but ourselves. We have externalized the cause of problems to the extent we no longer find it necessary to accept responsibility for our own actions; we are constantly told in media and politics that everything can be explained as an issue that “others” have caused. Therefore everyone but ourselves is to blame for whatever we find to be a problem.
So how have we to come to this? Let’s start by being honest and understand that we have created this phenomenon the moment we say that a problem exists outside of ourselves as we cease to take the responsibility for it or to fix it, and we did so the moment we looked to someone else to do so. We as Americans have been doing so for decades now. We blamed the economy on big corporations, government for stupid wars, Mexico for drug addiction, rock-and-roll for loose morals, China for lost jobs….anything but face reality, always playing the blame game.
Game is up! Look around at the presidential candidates, and ask yourselves who is saying to take responsibility for ourselves? Most are preaching that government will solve the problems of healthcare, equality, income, debt,….whatever ails you, they tell us that they have the fix, just trust them and put them in charge and they will take care of whatever you find to be a problem because after all, someone else is to blame and they will make sure they pay, and we all know who “they” are, don’t we?
Actually, we don’t have a clue, but apparently politicians always do because they have learned how to play us because we have bought in to the blame game.
So what would happen if we reject the game, take back control and assume responsibility for ourselves, starting with exercising freedom, which includes being masters of ourselves, responsible for our actions, and therefore have no need to blame anyone….except the politicians who are playing us with the blame game. Find those candidates who are not seeking to get you to buy in to blaming others, don’t vote for those that preach parasitical policies like a wealth tax, compulsory national service, denial of choice such as health insurance, denial of free speech…oh the joys of actually having the freedom from blame and back to the positive life view that we are all free to pursue happiness and not get dragged in to the abyss of the blame game!