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Your Opinion: Who's to blame?

Your Opinion: Who's to blame?

March 8th, 2018 by Tom Ault, Jefferson City in Opinion

Dear Editor:

A few years ago, when I was very young, one of the first things I was taught was how to accept blame for things I had done, regardless of what punishment that might prevail. It was my responsibility to accept the punishment as it was also my duty to accept the blame for whatever deed I did, and I was taught to understand right from wrong, the value of honesty, and the reward for telling the truth.

I don't know what happened to those fine teachings but sometime between when I was a kid and today, it would appear that value has been set aside, or maybe even lost. Most of this was based on conscience which is something we are all born with, but unfortunately like anything else, if not exercised is lost.

If you don't believe me, consider the facts for today.

1. I may have done it, but someone else must be guilty.

2. It wasn't me, it was my friend that did it.

3. You probably saw someone else do it that looks like me.

4. I don't recall that. It could not have been me.

5. Billy did it.

6. I am not that kind of a person; that's not me in the picture.

We, as a society refuse to accept guilt, it is always someone else that did it, or someone else caused us to do it.

The methodology of today is to find a scapegoat we can blame for our mistakes, or deeds that are found to be incorrect. Lying has become an acceptable way of life, throwing mud whenever possible, refusal to listen to our conscience, or take responsibility. In simple terms we have lost our character, only the flaws remain!

This new and seemingly acceptable way of life has gone on long enough! Instead of trying to better ourselves, we spend time blaming others for our own shortcoming. As to politics, a true and good politician strives for honesty, takes responsibility, and does not have time to throw mud on his competition!

If we were to do what seems to be acceptable today, an employer could not hire someone who, as a child, stole a piece of candy. That character flaw must be remembered forever because according to today's standards he/she will always be untrustworthy.

People who live in glass houses should not thrown stones (or mud).