What are some ways that American culture has abandoned and lost its sense of self-responsibility
and have regressed to a culture where excuses and the transferring of blame is a commonplace occurrence?
A few years ago a teenage girl brought alcohol to tailgate party in a stadium parking lot for an event she did not have tickets to attend. On the way home she drove drunk killing herself and a friend. Her parents sued the stadium owner for not doing enough to prevent underage drinking in their parking lot.
So lets get this straight; their daughter illegally gets her hands on some alcohol, goes to an event for which she doesn't have tickets for, parties with her friends, decides to drive home under the influence.... and when she dies it's not her fault?
Why stop at blaming the stadium owner? Shouldn't they sue the automaker for not having automatic breathalyzers that prevent cars from starting if the driver is drunk?
There was a time when we accepted the consequences of our own actions. Today when a tragedy happens like the Boston Marathon bombing we grieve for about two weeks and then lawyers start filing lawsuits blaming the city that was attacked. Isn't it the terrorist's fault? McDonald's was sued because their coffee was "too hot" after a woman was burned in a drive thru when she placed the cup between her legs. When I was growing up someone would have said, "That's what you get!" People are looking to sue over everything! It's like winning the lotto with the exception of not having to pay any taxes!
Today stupidity, ignorance, and being gullible can lead to riches!
I fully agree with the law suits. So many people are quick on the "litigation" button. Easier to point the finger at someone else than to take responsibility for our actions ... Cheers!
The problem runs far deeper than lawsuits, though this is a potent symptom. If you look at all the societal symptoms, you will find ego lurking in the darkness behind them.
We have allowed technology in all of its forms to govern our lives. We parent through computers and iPads and then medicate our children when they fail to respond to these tactics with what we deem is an appropriate manner. They watch television for more hours than they play outside, and then we wonder why they're failing to achieve academically or socially. But it isn't our faults- we just don't have the time or the energy to do things any differently.
For the most part, we eat poorly and refuse to exercise. We've forgotten what it's like to take an evening walk after dinner, play a sport into adulthood, or socialize with our peers. And we blame this on what? Our lack of time, energy, motivation, desire, and the list continues on and on until the original guilty party- us- is lost.
Humans transfer blame because it is easy. It doesn't feel good to accept responsibility for something that has turned out poorly. But we've grown so accustomed to pointing the finger at everyone and everything else that we've forgotten that we are really the only ones responsible for the quality of our own lives and the lives of the people we love.
Do I like what we've become, blame-shifters who force the responsibility of all aspects of themselves onto others? No. Do I think that this is the new and accepted norm? Absolutely.
I can't live believing that. I don't want to live thinking that. Why? because everywhere around me I see people who are wealthy who received it from nothing and those who experience great loss who blame no one. But this question begs the response to the detriment of the latter. To say that Americans or humankind in general has lost a sense of self-responsibility is to misunderstand the human condition in my book. I simply refuse to view us as that.
Not all humans, certainly. But the average is sliding precipitously. Lawsuits, hunger for instant gratification, dependence upon the state... all of these are at an all-time high.
Awareness is the first step toward positive change.
"Despite popular opinion, statistics show that America doesn't have a frivolous lawsuit problem. The Rand Institute for Civil Justice, one of the most respected think tanks in the..."
http://www.tortreformtruth.com/fact-vs- … -lawsuits/
Thanks, Billie. I learned something new.
Perhaps sense of moral decay is more perception than reality. We can thank the Corporate Party media for that. But there definitely is a greater need these days for instant gratification. 50-yr increase. Ego.
I love your comment, LS. How nice of you to say you "learned something new". I wish discourse on talk radio would be like that. I think we'd have a lot less division and a whole lot more of understanding.
The ways are too numerous for my feeble mind.
The psychopathic, super-rich have think tanks to come up with myriad ways to divide us from each other and from ourselves.
The government has practiced institutionalized "generosity" to weaken us.
One thing I learned when I was in Scientology, many years ago, is that sympathy is destructive. It took me a long while to understand this. Sympathy is not compassion. Sympathy is ego trying to smother someone and to keep them from recovering.
One of the Rockefellers admitted to the late Aaron Russo that they have worked long and hard to destroy the family, to make the individual dependent upon the state. This was why they supported Women's Liberation. They also wanted to double the tax coffers by having all those women workers. Why would they care about taxes? Because your tax money goes to the private Federal Reserve System (Rockefeller, Rothschild and fellow cronies).
The culprit behind all of this is ego. Ego is selfish. Ego wants to suppress others to its own advantage.
But ego is complex. Ego is publicly generous, like the Pharisees. Ego is vulnerable and must be protected.
Corporate Party media has conditioned us to instant gratification in advertising and entertainment.
And like some have said, lawsuits. Ego is also blame. Ego wants to make others wrong and to help pump self up by being right. Ego will even continue to do the wrong thing, just to prove that it's right.
Ego is all about collective think and approval from the masses. Ego is Normalcy Bias in the face of overwhelming evidence that American government is corrupt to the core and that 9/11 was an inside job. To find out these truths requires work and ego is lazy. Ego doesn't like to change its mind or be proven that it was wrong.
And the psychopathic "elite" are playing our egos like a symphony.
Well, hey - it's not my fault I was born a spoiled, irresponsible American! I'll just sue The Fates for putting me here! LOL!
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