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April 19, 2012 / Dale Melchin

The Blame Game

To quote another individual, the blame game has been going on since the beginning of time.  It is part of the human condition to blame others, although it shouldn’t.

During a recent conversation on another blog, one of the commenters had this to say:

“Is it me getting older or does it seem like the younger generation is more and more trying to blame someone  or something rather than own up to the root of the problem, which is themselves?”  He then went on to make observations about the current generation’s tendency to shift blame over the last 20 years escalating.  To which I responded.

I responded relating a story about an associate of mine who is upset that he has student loans to pay, and that he has it so hard and that even after they voted for Obama and he still doesn’t have it any easier from a financial standpoint.  He is essentially blaming the President of the United States for going to an overpriced college and racking up loans and wanting to go into a competitive field or a field that requires a graduate degree.

Unfortunately, I have little sympathy.

Blaming others instead of taking responsibility for ones life choices takes your own personal power and your ability to make good choices.  Blaming a cubicle, and office, or a company, or the political/economic environment is about as intelligent as repeatedly hitting your own head against a wall without expecting to get some level of brain damage (which I suspect some of these people who enjoy blaming others have it.)

The moral of the story?  Align your life with principles and behaviors that will bring you lasting success, be thankful for what you currently have and do not give up.  If you persist, you will find what you seek.  If you blame (which is a form of surrender) you will not find what you are looking for.

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