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Who's To Blame?

Feb 2, 2008
"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 a disturbing and annoying trend as of late.

It's not easy figuring out what's going on in the world. The media is NOT forthcoming for a variety of reasons. They say, they're just catering to what 'the people' want. Maybe. Maybe they're just kowtowing to what their corporate sponsers want. Regardless, it's hard these days finding news of substance, unbiased, that has nothing to do with celebrities or economic woes.

And the disturbing trend, specifically, is that "news casters" are really more "infotainers" and very engaged in the practice called "the blame game".

What happens on the news shows is that within seconds of hearing a problem, the newscaster will ask, 'Tell me something, whose fault is it that we're in this situation? Who did wrong here? We need to figure out who to blame so we can either give them a token punishment or move on to the next issue.'

At this time in history we're on news overload with 24 hours of it on many stations. Instead of substance, we get meatloaf with a lot of bread crumbs. . . the inane blathering just stretches out an already somewhat unhealthy agenda. Non stop static, hybrid newscasters/cultural critics/game show hosts. . .

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

And don't think I'm pitting one station against another. . . they're all doing it. With the one exception of Jon Stewart, whose comedy show transmits more actual news in 23 minutes than all the other stations combined give out in 24 hours, I'm over it.

And why are we so quick to assign blame? Why don't we try to assign solutions? How do we get ourselves out of the messes we find ourselves in? How does someone turn their life around? How do we make our lives better? Why can't we look at that?

Well, there aren't very good ratings in triumph over evil. There are ratings in humiliation. There are ratings in searching for the bad guy and taunting him, but not in actually catching the bad guy and bringing him to justice. (I'm looking at you, Osama.) And whose fault is it that I chose to show the silliness of using blame to make things better by blaming them for the way they use blame.
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Kenrick Cleveland teaches strategies to earn the business of affluent clients using persuasion. He runs public and private seminars and offers home study courses and coaching programs in persuasion strategies.
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