The blame game

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fingerpointing (free clip art)

One of the things that bothers me the most about life is how much time is wasted playing the blame game. Don’t get me wrong, I have caught myself playing that game from time to time, but I have made a strong effort to resist doing that. Unfortunately when I play that game it usually from a defensive position where either I, or someone I care about is being “blamed” for something that caused undesirable consequences.

Anyone who has taken the time to get to know me very well would have to agree that I value truth. The old adage “The truth shall set you free” is near and dear to my heart. Of course that can put me in a predicament when a good friend asks “how do you like my haircut” or “does this make me look fat.” I have tried to learn to be tactful with my truth, or find a way to respond in a truthful way. Such as “how do you like my haircut” can be difficult – I think it looks terrible, but knowing how much people strive to look attractive I will often say that I think that it looks like it is easier to care for than the last hairdo, or say “wow, what a big change, how do YOU like it?” and then wait to see what THEIR answer is before going with the appropriate adoration or empathy.

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blame game (free clip art)

But I am completely off topic here…. I started this post because today I met someone who was telling me things about politics and government that are completely contrary to what fact-checking has shown to be true. And this person was trying to “blame” a certain political party for the economic troubles of today. There obviously is a deeply ingrained “lie factory” in place in this country and too many people are wasting time “blaming” others for problems instead of trying to “do something about it.”

I think that if people put as much effort into “fixing” the problem as they do complaining about it, the problem would be solved. Stop wasting time playing the blame game and get on with it!


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