Enough Blame To Go Around

by Kenrick Cleveland
“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.” -Wayne Dyer

I’ve noticed an annoying and disturbing trend lately.

In an attempt to stay informed and up on the current events of not only celebrity insanity/stints in rehab but also (and possibly more importantly) learning a wide range of what’s happening in the world today, I’ve noticed there’s not much substance out there. I know there’s actual ‘news’ happening. Somewhere. But I can’t for the life of me, find it.

The disturbing trend I was referring to earlier is the way ‘news casters’ (or ‘infotainers’) are just wild about playing ‘the blame game’.

The frame that the newscasters are laying out is this: when learning of or reporting a problem, instead of getting to the core, they go to the question, ‘Whose fault is it that we’re in this situation? Who is to blame? We need to know who to blame.’ Ostensibly, they want to figure out who to blame to ‘punish’ them (or simply interview them).

I guess in our era of 24 hour news on many, many stations, instead of actually reporting what’s happening, to stretch it out, we have to hear the inane blathering of hybrid news casters/talk show hosts/cultural critics/morons. The non-stop static of their voices is sort of like adding bread crumbs to ground beef to make a meat loaf . . . It makes the meat seem more substantial.

At this point, the news is mostly breadcrumbs. And they’re stale. And the meat might be tainted. And I’m a vegetarian anyway.

I’m an equal opportunity critic/cynic where this is concerned. With the exception of Jon Stewart (where more information is ‘leaked’ out in twenty-three minutes than in all the other stations combined over a twenty four hour period), I’m sick of all of these guys.

So why is it that we are so hell bent on assigning blame all the time? When are we going to get to the point of assigning solutions? It’s not ‘who’s to blame’, but how can we get ourselves out of these messes and help turn lives around? Why can’t that be our collective priority?

Unfortunately, the ratings are better for bad news. The ratings are better for humiliation. The ratings are better hunting down predators. The ratings are better in taunting the bad guys but not in actually catching the bad guy and bringing him to justice (er. .. Osama.) Whose fault is this? Who’s to blame here? Well. .. my point exactly. Of course I’m showing the silliness of this by blaming others for blaming.

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  1. Infotainers cater to the mass (who live lives of distracted desperation). Blame is focused on the past. Blame is focused on what cannot be changed.

    Blame is a great distraction, because the alternative is too frigtening for many. Take responsibility. Choose and create your own best future.

    John Lundholm

  2. Well said.

    Taking complete responsibility for ones life and giving up the victim mentality (while not becoming violent) is way too hard for most people.

    They want their scapegoats and sometimes it's better/easier for the rest of us to give them one.



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