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February 7, 2014

TISCIONE: Who’s to blame?

By LOU TISCIONE

A common malady of mankind is selective amnesia. When problems occur or plans aren’t working, our first impulse is to find the one who is to blame. The last place that we look is ourselves.

No matter what the issue, political, church, and home, etc., the cause of failure or dysfunction is always, it seems, pursued outside of ourselves.

For example, construction projects reflect man’s tendency to shift the blame.

I remember several stages through which a project passes. One of the stages is called “reward of the non-participants.” Another is “persecution of the innocent.” Within each stage is an activity called “fixing the blame.”

When a problem causes work to stop, an effort ensues to find someone to blame rather than fix the problem. It doesn’t seem to matter if the blame was deserved. The important thing was to hold someone else responsible for the problem; thereby relieving oneself of any responsibility.

“Fixing the blame” is not only reserved for construction projects or other worldly activities. We can even include political elections in the mix. Fixing the blame is as old as Adam and Eve. Adam sought to blame God for his failure.

After all, it was God who gave him the woman. (Genesis 3:12) Adam’s argument didn’t impress God. Adam bore the penalty for his sin and the entire human race inherited his sin nature. Human beings do not like to be held responsible for their actions.

God viewed man’s desire to fix the blame and said, “What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?’ As I live, declares the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine; the soul who sins shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:2-4)

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