something to honk about
Is now a good time to stop playing the blame game?
Everywhere I look on the news/in social media, people are finding someone to blame. Somewhere to point fingers.
I’m speaking specifically of the recent election results, Trump’s surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. Blame the DNC. Blame 3rd party voters. Blame racists. Blame the media.
And then I’m also referring more broadly to any of the economic and social problems facing us as a country, but even more widely, us as a human community. Blame the President. Blame the decisions made by past leaders or past generations. Blame poverty. Blame race. Blame economic status. Blame the grand conspiracy. Blame the New World Order.
In theory, finding someone or something to blame is the first step towards rectifying and improving the Problem. But if feels like we are spending WAY too much energy on that first step and not nearly enough on what follows: the Solution.
Maybe this is a good time to look inwards at where our own responsibility lies. And maybe we are not responsible for some of these things, but we want to work on the Solution anyway, for the benefit of the whole.
If my kids have an argument arise between them, I encourage them to take responsibility for their part in the situation. I am willing to do the same.
Also, I am willing to get down off my high horse. I recognize I do not have a monopoly on facts and righteousness. I have changed my opinions about things many times in the past and I will again. I love to change an opinion in fact. Because that means the new one feels better, feels more right. And that is very satisfying.
Is blame an means to an end? What is next? Honk at us,