The Blame-Game: A Favorite National Tragedy
In the wake of the Tucson, Arizona shootings, the front lines of the LA Times today said:
“Reporting from Tucson and Los Angeles —
President Obama, facing the challenge of consoling Arizona and uniting the nation, urged Americans on Wednesday not to point fingers of blame but to "expand our moral imaginations" and to "sharpen our instincts for empathy."
It continues to amaze me when step outside of my own immediate reactions of blaming others, how childish and ineffective this reaction really is.
On the radio, television and around the dinner tables, Democrats were blaming Sarah Palin, Republicans were shooting back at the Democrats, in a reactionary game of offsetting the pain of this tragedy. It’s like each person said, “I don’t want to feel this, let me put it off on this other person.”
A time like this calls for empathy and compassion and then from there we can gain a bit of perspective and look to see if we need a bit more mindfulness around certain slogans that are played all over the media.
But really, after so many people have been injured and have died by violence, do we really need more violence in that moment?
Blame is a reaction out of fear and discomfort, but never serves any greater purpose.
Sometimes I wish the people who serve as our representatives for this country could really internalize that message and stop throwing sand at each other in the sand box.
That’s just not what a country in mourning needs. It’s that simple.
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Blame? - Sam - Jan 15th 2011
Serious question...How does one not blame? What does one do instead; or at least after; as not to get stuck on "it's your fault"