posted on May, 21 2009 @ 05:19 PM
Over the past few years I've been watching a growing trend with alarm and growing bemusement.
What's this growing trend you ask? Glad you did...
Scapegoating is that bemusing and alarming trend. Blame someone, anyone, else for the problems of the world, while you are the innocent dupe of the
"BADGUY", trouble is...no one can seem to agree on who that bad guy is...
North Korea, Iran, Israel/Jews, the Palestinians, Blacks, Hispanics, Whites, Bankers, George Bush, Barack Obama, the New World Order, the Illuminati,
aliens from "elsewhere", terrorist organizations...the list is virtually endless. Strange that few if any of you, and myself, can clue into who the
real culprit is...
...and who, seagull, is the "true enemy" of humanity? The one upon whom we can blame everything with a clear conscience? Surely it's the
Jews/Zionists...no, wait, it's those damned bankers...how about those pesky democrats/republicans, surely they're the ones to blame...Right?
No, grasshopper. It's neither the bankers, nor even the democrats and republicans, middle eastern nations, Asian nations, or even an evil cabal of
all the above...
Well, who is this sinister figure? Glad you asked...
Why, it's us... It's you, it's me, it's our next door neighbor, it's his second cousin's best friends sister in law. In short it's all of us.
All of us who lack the will to hold each other accountable for our actions. All of us who look the other way, all the while saying something to the
effect of "It's not my problem" or "It isn't affecting me today, I'll worry about it tomorrow" or words to that effect.
I'm not talking about political involvement, or rather not JUST about political involvement... I'm talking about involvement in the affairs of
humanity in general. We see something wrong, instead of trying to figure out a way to solve that particular problem, we instinctively try to blame
someone...aaaah, the scapegoat.
My pet bugaboo is racist or religious bigotry (as many longtime members know). I loathe and despise them. Yet in some ways I have become in some small
way just like them...I have a blind-spot where my own country's behaviour is concerned. I have a real habit of looking for someone else, anyone else,
to blame when my country does something seemingly out of bounds... I admit it, I'm less than thrilled about it, and I do try to make an effort to
curb that instinctive behaviour...but it's there nevertheless...
What I'm asking, and I make no claims that this'll change the world. Though it won't hurt things any. Take a moment and examine your views on most
any topic that has more than one side...do you automatically want to assign blame to some nebulous other who seemingly operated/operates in a vacuum?
I think you and I all do.
I am not my brothers keeper. That's what Cain said. Are we all too much like Cain? Sometimes I think so.
[edit on 5/21/2009 by seagull]