The Blame Game | 123Read&Write

Educational blog entry about accountability and not placing blame on others.


Quite honestly, human beings can be quite the selfish and self-righteous bunch. Often, we believe the world (or life) owes us something; or if something goes wrong, we look for anything or anyone to blame, before looking at ourselves. Granted there are many times when conflicts are at the fault of another, but sometimes it’s good to look in the mirror before assessing blame, thereby taking accountability for your own life. Unfortunately, this type of thinking has become quite commonplace in today’s society. It’s a dangerous habit to develop, in which nobody takes responsibility for their actions. It’s a trickle down effect which affects us all. Think about it for a moment. This is exactly the thought process which allows an individual to sue a restaurant for spilling coffee on herself. Obviously, the coffee burned; but instead of taking responsibility for being uncoordinated and spilling coffee on herself, she sues the establishment for not having warnings that the coffee is hot. Are you kidding me? These types of lawsuits cost us and the entire country tons of money. This is an example of anything or anyone but yourself.

Let’s look at the state of education for a moment. Public education is under attack from many sides. Politicians and corporate America are looking to assess blame on America’s teachers for the nation’s ills before looking at themselves or other factors. If they looked in the mirror at the corporate tax breaks they have given, which have siphoned needed dollars from education, then they would see that they may have something to do with the difficulties in education. However, it’s much easier to place blame on public education and its teachers, rather than it is to look at the more difficult problems, which are more likely the root cause: poverty, family life, etc. Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones . . . think about that for a minute. Take from it what you will, but nobody is perfect . . . far from it. Therefore, don’t jump to blame others for mistakes of your own. Own up to your faults and become a stronger individual.

In your life, it is virtually impossible to be happy when you’re in a constant state of blaming others. Often, when people feel as if their own life as out of control, they look for places to complain or to try to assume control.  Even when a problem arises which is, indeed, someone else’s fault, it’s our obligation to rise above the situation and realize we are in charge of our own demeanor and happiness.

In essence, negative energy (including blaming others) takes a tremendous toll on your mental and physical health. It’s a complete energy drain. When you blame others, whether you believe it or not, you are acting out, because you feel powerless of the given situation. Stop blaming and regain your own personal strength. If you’re upset, realize that it will pass, as does everything, which can be a great stress reliever. The world is full of morons, don’t be one of them.